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Peter Eisenman Quotes

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Peter Eisenman quotes

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 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'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.

Architects design houses. I live in a home.

Architecture is definitely a political act.

I am immersed in architecture all day, working in my office or teaching.

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.

I don't believe that classical architecture is enough to engage people anymore. They say: 'So what else is new?'

I don't design houses with the nuclear family idea because I don't believe in it as a concept.

I don't know how to use appliances. I mean, I use the coffee maker. But that's it.

I really don't even think of myself as being Jewish except when I'm in Germany.

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.

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.

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.

My father went to Rutgers, and I grew up in New Jersey, so I'm a great Rutgers fan. I have season tickets.

My wife has her stuff and her taste, and I have my stuff and my taste.

The guy who sits in front of the TV set with headphones on has lost the capacity to react to the tactile environment.

The problem with digital architecture is that an algorithm can produce endless variations, so an architect has many choices.