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Automatic ArchitectureMotivating Form after Modernism$
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Sean Keller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226496498

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226496528.001.0001

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The Logic of Form

The Logic of Form

Peter Eisenman’s Early Work

(p.63) 2. The Logic of Form
Automatic Architecture

Sean Keller

University of Chicago Press

The chapter examines the early work of architect and theorist Peter Eisenman who, though adamantly opposed to the design methods approach of figures such as Alexander, also attempted to develop a rigorous, quasi-autonomous system of architectural form generation during the same years. In contrast to the data-driven approach of the design methods movement, Eisenman posited a neo-Platonic logic of form, with ties to the contemporaneous work of the linguist Noam Chomsky and to Conceptual and Minimal art. This chapter gives a detailed, and non-instrumental, accounting of Eisenman’s early thought within a wider context, in order to more closely articulate the similarities and differences between his work and other, parallel, intellectual projects.

Keywords:   Peter Eisenman, conceptual art, neo-platonic

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