Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Via Paleo Retiree, a legendary debate between Christopher Alexander (pictured above, left) and Peter Eisenman (right) from 1982 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on traditional v. postmodern architecture.
CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER: The thing that strikes me about your friend’s building — if I understood you correctly — is that somehow in some intentional way it is not harmonious. That is, Moneo intentionally wants to produce an effect of disharmony. Maybe even of incongruity.
PETER EISENMAN: That is correct.
CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER: I find that incomprehensible. I find it very irresponsible. I find it nutty. I feel sorry for the man. I also feel incredibly angry because he is fucking up the world.
- A few of us are fans of Alexander’s A Pattern Language. From Wired magazine, here are Alexander’s 15 Rules for Rebuilding the World. And here’s Michael Blowhard’s 5-part interview with Nikos Salingaros, a close associate of Alexander.
- The official website for Eisenman’s firm. His web page at Yale’s School of Architecture. His Wikipedia page which contains a list of his buildings and works. Fenster flagged an Eisenman design here.
- Philip Bess, professor of architecture at Notre Dame University, writes at Front Porch Republic on traditionalism v. modernism.