Defpoints


Ten Canonical Buildings
July 15, 2008, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Architecture

TencanonicalIn a new book Peter Eisenman focuses on ten of the leading architects of the twentieth century and their theories, innovations, and contributions to design.

Rather than defining “canonical” as being within the canon, Eisenman defines canonical as a turning point, a break, a fissure—a building that has profoundly affected architectural history, theory, and practice.

Through drawings and his ever-incisive yet somewhat abstruse writing, Eisenman probes, prods, and provokes.

The ten buildings that changed the course of architectural history from 1950 to 2000:

  • Moretti: Casa del Girasole
  • Mies: Seagrams
  • Le Corbusier: Strasbourg
  • Kahn: DeVore House
  • Venturi: Vanna Venturi’s House
  • Stirling: Leicester Engineering
  • Rossi: Modena Cemetery
  • Koolhaas: Biblitheque Jussieu
  • Libeskind: Jewish Museum
  • Gehry: Weatherhead Center
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