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Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman, Andrew Lazaris, and Panayotis Pangalos, at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, 2013
Born (1932-08-11) August 11, 1932 (age 84)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Buildings House VI
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
City of Culture of Galicia

In New York, a Jew is a Jew, an Italian is an Italian, a Muslim is a Muslim: Nobody's going out of his way to treat you in a special way.
Peter Eisenman
The more centralized the power, the less compromises need to be made in architecture.
Peter Eisenman
I didn't know I was Jewish until I encountered anti-Semitism at the age of 10, when my best friend told me I couldn't come to their house because I was a Jew.
Peter Eisenman
I am immersed in architecture all day, working in my office or teaching.
I don't believe that classical architecture is enough to engage people anymore. They say: 'So what else is new?'
Peter Eisenman
Architects design houses. I live in a home.
Conservation destroys the present. If we are only busy preserving the past, we are not living in the present and unable to look forward. I am against conservation. We should let young people move forward, whether we agree with them or not. We should let new things happen.
Peter Eisenman
I was in Jungian analysis for 20 years, 1976-96.
I'm a Larry David fan, right? And it seems to me that Jewish history from the Talmud on has been a self-deprecating, self-critical kind of humor.
Peter Eisenman
My wife has her stuff and her taste, and I have my stuff and my taste.
I use the NordicTrack every other day for 20 minutes. I don't listen to music or watch TV while I do it. I count to myself. I count to 25; I count to 25 backwards, that sort of thing.
Peter Eisenman
I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it.
Peter Eisenman
The guy who sits in front of the TV set with headphones on has lost the capacity to react to the tactile environment.
Peter Eisenman
I don't design houses with the nuclear family idea because I don't believe in it as a concept.
Peter Eisenman

Architecture is definitely a political act.
I'm not a fashion architect. I don't dress in Ralph Lauren and Gucci. When I buy a suit, I buy it at J. Press. I have a blue blazer that I wear 80 percent of the time.
Peter Eisenman
Architecture is definitely a political act.
I don't know how to use appliances. I mean, I use the coffee maker. But that's it.
Peter Eisenman
My father went to Rutgers, and I grew up in New Jersey, so I'm a great Rutgers fan. I have season tickets.
Peter Eisenman
I really don't even think of myself as being Jewish except when I'm in Germany.
Peter Eisenman
I would never live in anything I design. Life and art are different. My life is very precious to me – my art is precious to me. I love designing things for other people, but I don't like designing things for myself.
Peter Eisenman
I am very different as a parent to new kids. My work changed from being rooted in the sky to being rooted in the earth.
Peter Eisenman
The problem with digital architecture is that an algorithm can produce endless variations, so an architect has many choices.
Peter Eisenman
There's no such thing as an absolute openness. Openness is relative, I think, in all societies.
Peter Eisenman
If you were a son of mine, I wouldn't want you to be an architect, because it's a tough way to be in the world.
Peter Eisenman