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Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Readings

The following monographs and video are on Reserve in the Stanford University Libraries indicated and are recommended to the Stanford community as preparatory reading and viewing for the visit of Peter Eisenman.

Eddie Yeghiayan, Critical Theory, Philosophy, and French & Italian Bibliographer, University of California, Irvine, created a more extensive Eisenman bibliography for the conference, "Postmodernism and Beyond: Architecture as the Critical Art of Contemporary Culture" (October 26-28, 1989), which was sponsored by the University Of California Humanities Research Institute.



Peter Eisenman: Recente Projecten = Recent Projects. Edited by Arie Graafland. Nijmegen: SUN, 1989. 191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Art Reserves NA737.E33 P47 1989

Presents eleven buildings and projects. The five supporting essays included Kenneth Frampton's "Eisenman Revisited". Eisenman's "En terror firma: In Trails of Greatness" outlines the role of the architect/designer and presents four conditions for an architecture, an object, to "provoke an uncertainty."

Re-working Eisenman. London: Academy Editions, 1993. 208 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, plans (some col.) ; 32 cm.
Art Reserves NA737.E5 A4 1993 f

With ten texts by Eisenman, two interviews, including one with Andrew Benjamin, six texts on Eisenman, and correspondence between Eisenman and Jacques Derrida, this volume provides a good textual companion to the primarily illustrated Eisenman Architects (following).

Eisenman Architects: Selected and Current Works. Mulgrave, Australia: Images Publishing Group, 1995. 256 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm. Master Architect series
Art Reserves NA737.E33 A4 1995 F

Extensive illustrations provide an almost comprehensive pictorial overview of Eisenman's oeuvre. Sanford Kwinter's sympathetic essay, "The Eisenman Wave," is an efficient introduction to the complex range of theoretical concerns raised by Eisenman's work.

Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988. Edited and with an introduction by Jean-Francois Bedard; essays by Alan Balfour ... [et al.]. Montreal: Canadian Centre for Architecture; New York: Rizzoli International, 1994. 236 p. : ill. (some col.); 29 cm.
Art Reserves NA737.E33A4 1994

A book review by Henri Achten of this exhibition catalog from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, with excerpts from eight catalog texts, appears on the web courtesy of LAVA (Netherlands).

Tadao Ando: Complete Works. Edited by Francesco Dal Co. London: Phaidon, 1995. 524 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Art Reserves NA1559.A5A4 1995

Includes Eisenman's "Indicencies: In the Drawing Lines of Tadao Ando".

Specific Buildings and Projects (Arranged chronologically)

  • House I - House VI (1967-75)

    House of Cards. Introductory essays by Rosalind Krauss and Manfredo Tafuri. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. ii, 224 p. ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
    Art Reserves NA737.E33A4 1987

    Sections on "Sketches," "Diagrams," "Models," "Plans, Sections, Elevations, Axonometrics," "Working Drawings," and "Buildings" (photographs) allow one to visually follow the design process. Eisenman's essay "Misreading" is an excellent introduction to his stated intent of creating an architecture of "dislocation" and "autonomy."

  • House VI (1972-1975)

    Suzanne S. Frank. Peter Eisenman's House VI: The Client's Response. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1994. 112 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
    Art Reserves NA7238.C84F73 1994

    Suzanne and Dick Frank were the clients for House VI. Her essay, "The Client's Response," and the book itself: "documents the history of House VI and its owners' attempts to tame it, and to maintain its integrity as an eminent work of architecture" -- Ed.'s Note, p.7.

  • Parc de la Villette, Paris (1985-87)

    Chora l Works. By Peter Eisenman & Jacques Derrida; edited by Jeffrey Kipnis & Thomas Leeser. New York: Monacelli Press, 1997. 207 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 22 cm.
    Art Reserves NA737 .E33 A2 1997

    Features the collaboration between Eisenman and Jacques Derrida on a project for the Parc de la Villette in Paris. With seven transcripts of conversations between Eisenman and Derrida (et al.), Derrida's "Chora," and related texts and correspondence.

  • Emory Center for the Arts, Emory University, Atlanta (1991)

    M Emory Games: Emory Center for the Arts. Edited by Peter Eisenman; essays by Maxwell L. Anderson ... [et al.]. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1995. 126 p.
    Art Reserves NA6813.U6A755 1995

    Illustrated with sketches, concept diagrams, wireframes, plans, sections, and elevations. Among the texts, K. Michael Hays' "Whose M Emory" sites Eisenman's work as an attempt to "supersede" both Colin Rowe and Manfredi Tafuri, and Eisenman's "M Emory Games" discussing the writing of the Emory Center plan.

  • Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus (1989)

    Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, the Ohio State University: A Building. Designed by Eisenman/Trott Architects; with critical essays by Rafael Moneo and Anthony Vidler, and introductions by Edward H. Jennings ... [et al.]. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. 207 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
    Art Reserves NA6813.U6 C6585 1989 f

    With numerous illustrations, plans, and construction photographs, and three brief essays. See also: Wexner Center for the Visual Arts. With an introduction by Philip Johnson & critical essays by Kurt W. Forster, Charles Jencks and R.E. Somol. A special issue of Architectural Design Profile. Art NA1.A16 v.59 (2) no.7/12 [not on Reserve].

  • Aronoff Center, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati (1996)

    Eleven Authors in Search of a Building: The Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the University of Cincinnati. Edited by Cynthia C. Davidson. New York: Monacelli Press, 1996. 187 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), plans ; 29 cm.
    Art Reserves NA737.E33 E43 1997

    Ten essays, including Alejandro Zdaero-Polo's "The Making of the Machine", examine the Aronoff Center from a variety of perspectives. The eleventh author "in search" is very likely Eisenman, whose building constitutes the eleventh text.


    Dream Houses. Malone Gill Productions ; directed by Murray Grigor. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1986. 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Pride of Place series
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 1119

    Host Robert A.M. Stern interviews Eisenman at House VI. Stern regards House VI as "the opposite of 'Home, Sweet Home,'" while Eisenman states that it "speaks to the America of today." Among the other houses visited in the program are: Mark Twain's house, Fenway Court in Boston, Randolph Hearst's estate in San Simeon, and Wright's Holyhock House for Arline Barnsdall.


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