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"The reason why people like myself get jobs is that companies say 'this is good for our image, this is 'good copy'." (Peter Eisenman, in Moore R, blp_Apr93)
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"Oh wow wow wow wow wow wow ... I would like to think I have integrity and a sense of humour. Just look at my bank balance. If you did a survey of the richest and the poorest architects, I'd be at the bottom, for sure." (Peter Eisenman in Moore R, "Eisenman Plays the Center Forward" - blp_Apr93)
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"Eisenman learned the art of attaining prominence from the master himself, Philip Johnson. Johnson holds the dubious honor of achieving disproportionately greater success with even more modest talents ... Eisenman is not the sole heir to this tradition: if he is a shrewd Svengali, Daniel Libeskind is the sinister Rasputin of significantly fewer accomplishments." (Ghirardo D, "Eisenman's Bogus Avant-Garde," pa_Nov94)
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"I was a little shocked ... Its thrust seemed a little too personal, and theoretical considerations aside, actually had me wishing I possessed his acumen for self promotion." (Collins G, "The Ghirardo-Eisenman Debate," Views pa_Apr95)
- sons of Peter
"It looked very much as if Zaera-Polo, Van
Berkel and Lynn would be
adopted as the ideal sons-in-law of the ageing avant-garde. But first
there were to be a few Oedipal skirmishes. ... 'Daddy' [Eisenman] hauled
him [Lynn] over the coals ..."
- "Where's the sense in all that theorizing if all it produces is more of
the same?" (Peter Eisenman, in Heynen H archis_Jul97)
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"Mr and Mrs Blades had met a soul mate -- though one with his own esthetic agenda.
... of their search for an architectural house and Mr Mayne's search for ..." (Giovannini J, nyt_98.08.06)
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"Leon Krier is completely different story. ... He came to America from James Stirling office where he had a profound effect on James. There is no question that Stirling's style of drawing changed as well as his attitude to building. Krier then went to Ithaca where he met Colin Rowe and he changed Rowe. ... Then Krier went to Princeton. After that one year it is possible to see a major change in Graves. I believe Krier changed Stirling, Rowe, Graves and even my former partner, Robertson." (Eisenman P, interviewed by Frederic Levrat - l'Ad'A)
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