Peter Eisenman, one of the greatest contemporary architects, taught in Italy in 1986 at the IUAV University of Venice.
This book, edited by his students Raffaella Laezza and Shuli Beimel aims to be a lucid witness of a period of great cultural change in international architectural design that found at IUAV, in the academic year 1986-87, in Peter Eisenman’s Architectural Composition III course one of its most significant moments. Twenty-five students, selected by the American professor, were introduced to new thinking and a new design method that confronted the concepts of “time / site / space” in a completely innovative way. This caused in each young student a real ‘crash’. But wasn’t such a ‘crash’ already an unstoppable, international wave?
The book invites us into the thinking of the American architect who states in the interview, «I have always loved Italy, the culture, the food, the people, so making this book was very important to me».