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Ten Canonical Buildings 1950 2000 PDF/EPUB Ð Ten

Peter Eisenman renowned for his own controversial and influential body of work looks at ten leading architects of the twentieth century and their theoretical positions technological innovations and design contributions Eisenman identifies a project within the oeuvre of each of these architects—Luigi Moretti Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Le Corbusier Louis Kahn Robert Venturi James Stirling Aldo Rossi Rem Koolhaas Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry—that has profoundly affected architectural discourse and practice With drawings diagrams and always incisive text he presents each architect’s theoretical position and then offers detailed critical analysis of the project

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    To my understanding there are two major theoretical undertakings Eisenman has undertaken as a thinking architect The first is an attempt to deprive buildings of any kind of symbolic meaning and instead substitute a formal poetry The second represented in this work is his development and application of a method for systematically analyzing modern architectureThe ten buildings it should be mentioned are not his own There is a relatively short theoretical passage at the beginning followed by a series of meticulously drawn diagrams The diagrams actually do serve to justify many of the exciting and abstruse points he makes in the passage Further one becomes well acquainted with his basis for architectural analysis which I am convinced is a powerful tool to have handySome of the issues addressed did not seem powerful or pertinent For example while structure seems an obvious candidate for an important design element that can be systematically analyzed some of the distinctions he makes in this category seem minute and hairsplitting I am tempted to believe that such abstract perfection is indeed worthwhile even if no one really notices Nonetheless my design conscious tells me that it would best off to restrict attention to the differences that make an impact