Notes on the Event in the mid 1990s Work of Peter Eisenman

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This paper sets out preliminary notes on the idea and device of event in the 1990’s work of architect Peter Eisenman (b. 1932). In so doing, the paper also starts to frame how one might realise the potential of the event in an advanced university research studio. In order to approach the concept of the event, the article interrogates Eisenman’s period writing with an emphasis on close readings of three essays: “The City as Memory and Immanence” (1986), “Unfolding Events” (1992), and “Presentness and the ‘Being-Only-Once’ of Architecture” (1995). The paper further investigates possible architectural manifestations of the event by considering two little referenced projects, Atocha 123 Hotel (Madrid, 1989-1993) and Yokohama Port Competition (1993). Documents on these latter projects held in the Eisenman Archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, provide analytic materials for this section of the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching - Learning - Research
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Environments
EditorsLaura Sanderson, Sally Stone
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherUCL Press
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
EventTeaching-Learning-Researcj: Design and Environments - Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Dec 20204 Dec 2020

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NameArchitecture Media Politics Society
PublisherUCL Press
ISSN (Print)2398-9467


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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