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Chora L Works: Jacques Derrida and Peter Eisenman Paperback – May 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885254407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885254405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Yes, Peter Eisenman is quite a fool, as the other reviewers' remarks make aptly clear. He does not measure up to Hadid or Libeskind, two architects among many others in an especially stong contemporary field who vie for 'best project' in serious international competitions. No, do not buy this book because of Eisenman -- any more than you would buy any other book because it had his name on it.
But this book was not, thank God, written by one person, which is perhaps why the other reviewers fail to notice what's so special about it. The significant essays in this book are by Jacques Derrida, and what's more they give very elegant, fine philosophical answers to difficult questions that have motivated Derrida's thought since the 60s -- but until this book came out one could only guess at the fuller technical philosophical context of Derrida's thought in, say, Of Grammatology. So skip Eisenman - as even Derrida was forced to do and end his relation with Eisenman shortly after this book came out, when he became irritated with the man's complete vacuousness and inability to comprehend anything remotely theoretical.
In short, strip it of Eisenman, discard the punch-card ballot box look (apparently the publisher is located in Florida?), and take the Derrida. You'll be glad you did. The book merits 5 stars without the BS, but gets about 3 stars due to the cluttered context.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gabriela I. Santos on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
It is strange that a book dedicated to present deconstruction and chora actually "plays" of representing it. Derrida's reading on plato's chora is indeed relevant to architecture. It is not an easy reading, which is typical of many of derrida's writings. Unfortunately, this book becomes yet more difficult to read with this "funny" perfurated edition. Different from Deconstruction, it is not an easy task to interpret the meaning of those holes. They are certainly dispensable.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
OK. So we all know that Eisenman is architecture's biggest fool, and it is easy to add to the lore of humor about this intellectually pathetic nincompoop, but if you had any doubts about how much of a con-man he really is, this book will dispel such lingering thoughts. Firstly, you have to see past the incredible arrogance of publishing a work that is perforated with holes, eliminating any effective opportunity to read the pages. Eisenman apologists (mostly gullible students, or intellectual wannabe's), will make the most infantile claims about this gimmick, citing it as 'challenging', transgressive' and all the other predictable buzzwords used to justify the rubbish that is written in the name of critical discourse today. Bear in mind too, that Jacques Derrida abandoned all communication with Eisenman when he eventually realised that Eisenman really had nothing of interest to add to contemporary theoretical debate, and admitted that this collaboration was a professional embarrassment. - In truth, the small holes may be the only worthwhile part of this otherwise ridiculous book.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By X. chen on March 12, 2006
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Unfortunately, I had to trawl through a good number of his 'books' for a school project. Among them are House of Cards, Diagram Diaries, Barefoot on White-Hot Walls, Giuseppe Terragni, and Eisenman Insideout. They are all terribly self-involved with his semiotic and 'metaphysics' babble. It is only by beholding the vast amount of twaddle he has generated, that I am convinced he truly believes in all this. Despite the painful reading sessions, I think we should simply lie back and feel sorry for him.
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