Peter Eisenman, Andrew Lazaris, and Panayotis Pangalos, at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, 2013
August 11, 1932 |
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
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.
The more centralized the power, the less compromises need to be made in architecture.
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.
I don't believe that classical architecture is enough to engage people anymore. They say: 'So what else is new?'
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.
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.
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.
I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it.
The guy who sits in front of the TV set with headphones on has lost the capacity to react to the tactile environment.
I don't design houses with the nuclear family idea because I don't believe in it as a concept.
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.
I don't know how to use appliances. I mean, I use the coffee maker. But that's it.
My father went to Rutgers, and I grew up in New Jersey, so I'm a great Rutgers fan. I have season tickets.
I really don't even think of myself as being Jewish except when I'm in Germany.
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.
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.
The problem with digital architecture is that an algorithm can produce endless variations, so an architect has many choices.
There's no such thing as an absolute openness. Openness is relative, I think, in all societies.
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.