Synopses & Reviews
and#160;Many historians of architecture have viewed the villas of Andrea Palladio (1508andndash;1580) as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles described in his treatise The Four Books of Architecture
(I Quattro Libri dellandrsquo;Architettura
). Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books
illustrate Palladioandrsquo;s built work, redrawn the way he wanted it to be. In this groundbreaking new study,
American architect and educator Peter Eisenman analyzes twenty of Palladioandrsquo;s villas, offering a radical interpretation of the Renaissance masterandrsquo;s work.
Working from an architectandrsquo;s perspective, Eisenman, with Matt Roman, shows the evolution of Palladioandrsquo;s villas from those that exhibit classical symmetrical volumetric bodies to others that exhibit no bodies at all, just fragments in a landscape. This conclusion stands in stark contrast to studies that emphasize principles of ideal symmetry and proportion in Palladioandrsquo;s work. Featuring more than 300 new analytic drawings and models, this handsome book is an important addition to the corpus of Palladian studies and a testament to Palladioandrsquo;s lasting place in contemporary architectural thought.
andldquo;This close reading of Palladioandrsquo;s plans is significant not just for its provocation but because it comes from one of the best architectural minds today. It is a template for how to think through the question of architecture, and will becomeandmdash;without doubtandmdash;one of the great all-time books in the field.andrdquo;andmdash;Mark Jarzombek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peter Eisenman has been an innovative presence in the field of architecture and architectural theory for more than thirty years. Architect, educator, founder and director of the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism, he has given definition to the principal debates on the architecture of our past, present, and future. In this remarkable collection, nineteen of his most important essays are presented together for the first time. Generously illustrated and with a new introduction by the author, these writings assemble the ideas that both set and provoked contemporary architectural practice and theory. This collection ranges from comprehensive theoretical analyses to close readings of Eisenman's own work and that of such architects as Andrea Palladio, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling, Philip Johnson, and John Hedjuk. Providing new perspectives on these architects and on Eisenman's own methodologies, these writings present an insider's appraisal of the polemics that have defined architecture over the past half century and that continue as one of the major ongoing forces in the discourse today.
Selected Writings, 1963-1988. Theoretical perspectives in architectural history and criticism.
This long-awaited reassessment of Andrea Palladioandrsquo;s canonical villas by renowned architect and educator Peter Eisenman challenges widely accepted interpretations of the Renaissance architectandrsquo;s work.
In Palladio Virtuel
, renowned American architect and educator Peter Eisenman offers a new analysis of the architecture of Renaissance master Andrea Palladio (1508andndash;1580). Many historians have viewed Palladioandrsquo;s villas as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles he described in his treatise, The Four Books of Architecture
. Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books
include illustrations of his built work, which Palladio redrew as he wanted them to be.
In this groundbreaking new study, Eisenman, working from the point of view of an architect, analyzes these drawings to produce a radical interpretation of Palladioandrsquo;s work. The basis for this interpretation is found in 20 Palladian villas, which began from a classical symmetrical volumetric body and gradually became villas with no body at all, just fragments in a landscape. This handsomely designed book includes more than 300 new analytic drawings and a model of each villa. A classic addition to the corpus of Palladian studies, Palladio Virtuel is a testament to Palladioandrsquo;s lasting place in contemporary architectural thought.
About the Author
is the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, Yale School of Architecture, and principal of Eisenman Architects in New York. Matt Roman
is an architect and teacher in New York.