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CBC Podcast: Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman was born in 1932 in New Jersey. He didn't discover architecture until he was in his first year of university at Cornell. But then, as he puts it, he never looked back.

Eisenman's work has always been almost equal parts theory and practice. At the same time that he began designing private houses - houses that challenged European modernism and the traditional idea of "home" by placing columns in the middle of bedrooms for example - he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. It was the most influential think tank in American architecture of the late 1960s through the early '80s.

It wasn't until he turned 50 that Eisenman began building major projects. This may sound old, but it's actually not so unusual for architects.

His first major work was the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.  His subsequent works were an office building in Tokyo, a convention centre, a Center for Design and Art at the University of Cincinnati, and a National Football League Stadium, and more.

In 2005, Eisenman's most famous, and probably most controversial work, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe opened in Berlin. It's made up of more than 2700 rectangular concrete pillars arranged in a tight grid pattern. And it occupies more than five acres, right in the heart of Berlin, near the Brandenburg Gate.

Eleanor Wachtel talked to Peter Eisenman recently from the CBC's New York studio.

Click to listen to Peter Eisenman's Interview.

Source: CBC
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