Code X: the city of culture of Galicia

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Monacelli Press, Jul 7, 2005 - Architecture - 253 pages
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Peter Eisenman's competition-winning project for the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is a formidable battery of museums, libraries, and auditoriums, a cultural acropolis atop a spectacular hillside site in northeastern Spain. By excavating the hilltop and arranging six buildings as a kind of artificial topography, Eisenman creates a new warped landscape that seems to merge building and ground, that occupies the hilltop without seeming to have been built upon it. In CODEX, the New York-based Eisenman, known for a career of formal investigations, reveals in essays and illustrations his theory of coding as a device for producing form. Through more than three hundred line drawings and perspectives, the development of the code--and the buildings and landscape it informs--becomes apparent, culminating in a giant earthwork as excavation of the site begins.

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Cynthia Davidson is the editor of "ANY Magazine", the director of Anyone Corporation, and a member of the editorial board of the Writing Architecture series (MIT Press).

About the Authors:
Peter Eisenman is founder of both Eisenman Architects and the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. He is the 1984 recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Michael Graves is founder of the
Michael Graves architechtural firm in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the recipient of numerous AIA National Honor awards as well as several Progressive Architecture Design awards. Charles Gwathmey is founder of Gwathmey, Siegel, and Associates, Architects in New York. His recent projects include the
design for The Science, Industry, and Business Library branch of the New York Public Library. John Hejduk is Dean at the School of Architecture at Cooper Union. BRichard Meier is founder of Richard Meier and Partners in New York.

George Nelson served as the design director of Herman Miller from 1946 to 1972. His books include "Chairs: 20th Century Landmarks in Design" and "Tomorrow's House," Kurt W. Forster is the Vincent Scully Professor of Architectural History at the Yale School of Architecture. He is co-author of "Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works," Robert A. M. Stern is Dean and J. M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.

Fernandez-Galiano is Professor of Architecture at the University of Madrid, editor of the Spanish magazine AV/Arquitectura Viva, and architecture critic for the newspaper El Pais.

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