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Blurred Zones: Peter Eisenman Architects, 1988-1998 Paperback – Bargain Price, June 2, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (June 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580930492
  • ASIN: B005OL8JDK
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,631,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
OK, so it's at last fashionable to laugh at Eisenman and to see him for the amateur-hour theorist he really is. But if you have had any lingering doubts about the worthlessness of his writings, try absorbing this pompous and meaningless volume. Eisenman's usual tactic is to overlay a verbal or diagrammatic complexity on his subject matter; real or more pragmatic issues are ignored in favor of highly improbable theoretical assumptions. Eisenman indulges himself with meandering arguments that evidently seem impressive to him, but do not withstand critical analysis of any worthwhile sort. That there is a complete lack of clarity in Eisenman's thinking has always been the case. The "Blurred" of the title says it all. Don't be taken in by the con.
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Format: Hardcover
Strictly for the pretentious student, 'Blurred Zones'is a veritable catalog of every half-baked, poorly considered jargonisticly-driven notion that made so much of 1990's architecture the wrong-headed foolishness it was. Eisenman's uber-contrived text attempts to blur only the paucity of sophisticated architectural concepts in this disposable volume. Instead, he serves up the sort of slick, but empty computer graphics that belong in comuter games but should not be confused with architecture.
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As a student of architecture, I find both the visual and textual contents of this book to be extremely helpful and fascinating on multiple levels. Understandably so, there is a general consensus that Eisenman's architectural prose, as well as his form, is nothing more than illogical fantasy which has no relationship to reality and fails to become anything more than self indulgence, when in fact it can be much more than that to those with an open mind. First, the manner in which his projects are graphically presented is in my opinion of the highest available quality, and even as they may be criticised, they are in line with the title itself, in that it this monogram does not seek to directly convey to a reader the entirety of each project, but rather, the sense of the project in order to allow each individual to divulge from it something that becomes stricly personal. In doing so, the book allows for any student looking to expand his or her basis of knowledge, and to then make a choice on how to apply that information. It is perfectly fair to critique Eisenman, yet unfortunately, many of the previous reviews are quick in doing so, and do not consider the possiblity of making revisions to the theory presented within the book, which could ideally lead to a newer and better form of architecture. If your concern is soley on whether or not you will be receiving your money's worth, I strongly assert that you will not be disappointed.
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This beautifully published monograph perfectly presents the architecture of Peter Eisenman at its best. The projects are depicted in beautiful color pictures, plans, sections, elevations, 3D linear and presentation views, frame and solid models, and site plans. Often, linear drawings overlap with photos, text, or solid drawings forming pretty collages. The text is only in the essays. The book's writing, typography, and graphical design, are excellent. All is top-notch printed on semi-glossy paper, and hard-bound.
CONTENTS ([*] denotes photos of erected buildings):
6 Blurred Zones by Peter Eisenman
10 Guardiola House, Cadiz, Spain
26 Classicism Lost by Franco Purini
32 Aronoff Center for Design and Art, Cincinnati, Ohio*
60 Aronoff and Ideology by Fredric Jameson
70 Milan Triennale, Milan, Italy*
76 Koizumi Sangyo Office Building, Tokyo, Japan*
94 Processes of the Interstitial by Peter Eisenman
102 Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio*
122 Banyoles Olympic Hotel, Banyoles, Spain
130 Folding in Time: The Singularity of Rebstock by Peter Eisenman
134 Rebstockpark Master Plan, Frankfurt, Germany
150 Perplications: On the Space and Time of Rebstockpark by John Rajchman
162 Nunotani Headquarters Building, Tokyo, Japan*
176 A Game of Eisenman Seeks by Cynthia Davidson
180 Emory University Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia
202 WHOSE M EMORY?
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By A Customer on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Imagine a round-table discussion populated by self-important academics who have spent no more than 10 or 15 minutes dabbling in Deleuze, Foucault, Derrida and several of the other discredited French "philosophers" who were popular in the 1990's. Add to the mix a dilettante's crude conception of significant architectural issues and an anarchists's adolescent satisfaction with upsetting the world that they feel so alienated by, - and you get some idea where Blurred Zones is heading. This book is no more than the flatulent commentary of people who like to hear the sound of their own voices. . A casual glance at almost any paragraph will confirm that it contains more ridiculousness than many sit-coms on TV. It should be noted that one of the authors (Cynthia Davidson) happens to be Eisenman's wife - so you can forget about any impartiality on that front. And, conveniently they all turn a blind eye to the building failures that typify many of Eisenman's completed works. (We are "theorists", remember - not real Architects. We are about diagrams, not buildings.) It is baffling and amusing to think that these people take themselves so seriously. Honestly, I found it funny to read selections in this book. It might more profitably be listed under `Humor' or `Satire'. Certainly it has no place on an architectural collection.
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