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- "contempt for one's own desires"
"What is eating Henry? Let's start with the 40-pound tapeworm that's taken residence in his gut--a 'gorgeous, highly evolved monster' ..."
(Amy Gamerman, Theater: Contemptiosuarumcupiditatumfilaria," wsj_00.01.19)
[Eisenmanamnesie a + u 1988 August Extra Edition]
[Peter Eisenman, M Emory Games, HGSD/Rizzoli 1995]
"... a game, a game with the double objectives of winning and never ending ..."
(Diane Ghirardo on Peter Eisenman's enterprise, pa_94.11)
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[Max Reindhart Haus, Berlin]
- Captain Logos
" ... In due course someone from DHL pads across the pile bearing laser prints of a 120m high vulva by the Spree. "There,' says Eisenman, 'that's not phallocentric!' 'No, no,' I murmur ... " (Rowan Moore, blp_Apr93)
- blown up demon
"... [Eisenman] has even aknowledged that his architecture is a form of therapy, where he works out personal demons in the guise of the universals. ... For most of us, other people's neuroses are tough enough to deal with one-to-one, never mind trying to confront them blown up to the size of a skyscraper." (Ghirardo D, pa_Nov94)
[Columbus Convention Center]
- office bumph
" ... the Columbus Convention Center talks of 'respecting the scale of the North Market and the Victorian Village' and 'a concern for pedestrian life.' Gordon Cullen seems more of an influence than Jacques Derrida." (Moore R, "Eisenman Plays the Center Forward" - blp_Apr93)
- (from a dedicated backbencher ...)
"Eisenman has become the socially approved version of samizdat in architecture, rather like the simulated subversiveness of cabaret jazz ..." (Vincent Pecora on Eisenman's Friends, Views pa_May95)
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- media wall
- Pompidou Center, Beaubourg -- Piano & Rogers : Live Center of Information
- Conde Nast Building, Times Square -- : Nasdaq Sign
o t h e r s e q u e l s
- [Two Libraries for Jussieu, Paris 1992 - Rem
(Ultimate hype: ArtForum 1994 cover)
- d e m o
"the superlative dimostrazione of the fashionable concept of the
(Peter Eisenman's "equally malicious ... elaborate praise of
Zaera-Polo's Yokohama scheme, after the young architect had just argued that embracing formlessness was not an option for
[Yokohama International Port Terminal, Japan] *** Cecil Balmond
- "5 Minutes Later.
In front of Welfare Palace Hotel, the raft of
the constructivists collides with the raft of the Medusa: optimism vs.
The steel of the pool slices through the plastic of the sculpture like a
knife through butter." (Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York 1978)
[The Story of the Pool, Welfare Palace Hotel, New York 1977 - Rem
- "... Set into the hill it is to encompass all the Club's
hedonistic activities. The new polished granite cliffs are erected to
meet the top of the site.
The architecture appears like a knife cutting through butter devastating
all the traditional principles and establishing a new ones.
... The swimming pool element is suspended ... ..."
(Zaha Hadid, Competition Report )
[The Peak, Hong Kong 1983 - Zaha Hadid]
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c a t a l o g
" w h a t e v e r "
- "... what were architects but neurotic and 'artistic' hired help?" (Tom Wolfe 1998, "A Man In Full," Bantam Books)
b o t t o m l i n e
w e e k l y t r i v i a
a n d o t h e r a n e c d o t e s
"The mathematician Gauss, it is said, protected his
work by first proving a proposition, then refining the proof until its
argument, though incontestable, offered no hint of his original thought
patterns to other mathematician." (Jeffrey Kipnis, frustated, on OMA
design process - elCq79)
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