The new ‘Retratos’ series – edited by Arquitectura Viva, in Spanish only – presents various texts that Luis Fernández-Galiano has written on the life and work of a select group of contemporary architects. Eisenman deconstruido is the seventh title out, and Santiago Calatrava will close the series. Illustrated with the architects’ own drawings and enriched with in-depth interviews, biographical profiles, and analyses of building works, these small books wish to paint a pixelated portrait of current masters, informative and critical at the same time.
The book Eisenman deconstruido, containing 96 pages in paperback, features eighteen texts that journey through the thought and the work of the American architect, orchestrated in four movements: the intellectual influences that gave rise to ‘crackled constructions,’ from Derrida’s deconstruction to Bataille’s formless or Deleuze’s fold; the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, the most dramatic and transcendental project of his career; the Galician City of Culture, his most ambitious work, still an unfinished symphony; and his work as a professor and critic, which has produced essential books on historical and modern architects alike, from Palladio to Terragni, and stimulating dialogues with colleagues like Rafael Moneo. The collection of texts begins with a short personal and artistic biography and ends with an extensive interview where he looks back on milestones of his life, from his American and European education – with the formative experience of trips to Italy with Colin Rowe – to his promotion of innumerable editorial and cultural initiatives in the New York where he lives and works.
Collection 'Retratos', 2021
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