- Hardcover: 1 pages
- Publisher: MONACELLI PRESS; 1 edition (1 August 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885254962
- ISBN-13: 978-1885254962
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3 x 30.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.2 Kg
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Giuseppe Terragni Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011
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About the Author
Peter Eisenman is principal of Eisenman Architects in New York, Louis I. Kahn Professor of Architecture at Yale University, the author of a great number of books and articles, and the subject of many others, including Blurred Zones: Investigations of the Interstitial; Eisenman Architects 1988-1998.
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Kickin' it Old School1 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Get our your magnifying glass and look at the linework. Oh, and read the texts, too.
Professor Steve Quevedo
Eisenman and Terragni20 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a critical reworking of Eisenman's earlier investigations on the Italian architect, Giuseppe Terragni. The computer graphisc are well drawn and clear disection of the these two Italian masterpieces. To understand Eisenman's work, this thesis is important to review. Both Eisenman's and Thomas Schumacher's research on Terragni have brought to the American audience the great works of this architect, who died before his time. The methodical analysis reveals the hidden complexities of Terragni's work.
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Essential Purchase if studying Terragni26 February 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
Granted, Eisenman's texts are challenging. But the diagrams and drawings more than make up for it. A great addition to any thorough library of Italian modern architecture.
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Giuseppe Terragni: Transformations, Decompositions, Critique18 April 2004 - Published on Amazon.com
Forty years after writing his master's thesis on this Italian rationalist's two 1930s masterworks in Como-the Casa del Fascio and the Casa Giuliani-Frigerio-Eisenman has turned it into a book. Beautifully produced in the best Monacelli manner, crammed with diagrams and crisp black and white photographs, it's a beautiful object to contemplate and browse, but a very demanding read. Legendary as the first building is, fascinating though it may be to contrast it with the second, Eisenman tells us far more than any reasonable person would want to know about these two structures, and nothing at all about the architect and the factors that shaped his work. (Michael Webb is the book reviewer for LA Architect magazine.)
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Useful Drawings but Worthless 'Analysis'23 October 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
Over the years (decades actually), Peter Eisenman's "Terragni" took on something of the urban myth, an elusive, unpublished work, supposedly of great genius. Draft copies were jealously hoarded by a few insiders adding to the myth. Now, after 40 years, it appears in print, no longer only the stuff of legend, but an actuality exposed to real scrutiny. Frankly, the wait has not been worth it. Exhaustively drafted from every conceivable projection and angle, the images of the building are accompanied by a text (a `critical text', the author repeatedly informs us), that pushes the limits only of the ridiculous. For example: the plan of the Casa del Fascio, Eisenman "discovers", is a square, or rather, almost a square. In order to satisfy Eisenman's supposition, the true square, it seems, is realized only when particular window is opened fully to the 90 degree position, thereby implying a volumetric extension of the building, which then completes the so-called purity of the geometry. The fact that other windows on other sides of the building might also be opened at the same time thereby undermining the purported geometrical purity, does not seemed to have occurred to the author so blinded is he by the supposed brilliance of this, the most pretentious of studies. Numerous equally untenable speculations flesh out the remainder of this overwrought, but ultimately fruitless examination. Terragni's classical parti is studiously avoided by the author who is largely ignorant of the precepts that underlie this, the most basic formal arrangement that Terragni carried through his design. Eisenman stretches similar guesswork beyond the point of irritation as though insulting the intelligence of his readers is one of the underlying purposes of this book. In the architectural industry, asinine speculation, masquerading as theory or as philosophical inquiry, are now the norm. This particular book has been billed as Peter Eisenman's "eagerly awaited magnum opus". Certainly the Casa del Fascio is deserving of study. However, if perchance "Giuseppe Terragni: Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques" does achieve long-lasting fame, it can only be for becoming the late 20th Century's high water mark of architectural pretentiousness and unbounded historical ignorance. [One star for the drawings; zero stars for the text.]
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