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Peter Eisenman: Diagram Diaries (Universe Architecture Series) Paperback – October 15, 1999

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ISBN-13: 978-0789302649 ISBN-10: 0789302640

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Product Details

  • Series: Universe Architecture Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789302640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789302649
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bluestream on August 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This volume consist 80% of computer generated drawings. Most of the 'drawings' or 'diagrams' are 3-d drawings with lines everywhere (even back lines that should be hidden) which makes them incomprehensible. They look just um,... messy & black! Maybe just for the look of "Complexity"? Well, can't learn much from them! Maybe architects like to collect these for collection sake. A lot of the diagrams are not accompanied by any explainations, which make them even more incomprehensible. This book includes a few essays by Eisenman at the front.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a great resource for those who want to get at what Mr. Eisenman is all about. It is a surprisingly straightforward account of what he has been up to for the past thirty years or more(Straightforward for Eisenman, at any rate). The book does require careful scrutiny, just looking at the pictures will get you nowhere.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a must have for any architecture book collection. This book not only contains a linear timeline of Peter's work but amazing illustrations as well. This is a great book for an architecture student or anyone interested in theory and discourse. I was happy to (uncover and) discover Peter's personal, yet not so personal, relationship with his architecture. His distance and intimacy with his work leads to a very poetic and original linguistic creation. He is truely one of the most amazing architects; coming from someone as critical as myself, this is a great compliment to a man and his work. Read this book and see how Eisenman's work has progressed, developed, evolved, eroded, and digressed in the last 30 years. When you are done reading this book read this book again.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2003
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It is no surprise that Eisenman's biggest following is among impressionable students. Any thinking person can easily see through the quasi-rhetorical posturing that Eisenman is most well known for. His an architecture of words only, with little real concern for the pragmatics of existence, the quality of urban spaces or just about anything that constitutes a workable, livable environment. More basically, the images themselves are uninteresting as architecture. They owe more to the technology of the computer and what IT can do, to any understanding of how quality spaces are formed, used, inhabited or designed in any meaningful way. Eisenman is at best a fad, but if learning about architecture is important, try looking for a few books on the work of Kahn, Barragan, Scarpa, Lutyens, Aalto, among others.
As they say, "Those who can, - do. Those who can't, - talk (or write)".
Unless you are insecure and seeking to impress people with 2nd-rate theorizing, give this guy a miss.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on February 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Excellent and comprehensive collection of Eisenman diagrams from his early Houses to the Virtual House. Somol gives a concise summary of his influences throughout his career, probably worth the price alone. All in all an excellent example of Eisenmans's work. Excellent value, as well.
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