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In the late 1980s, the New York-based office Eisenman Architects, led by
architect and educator Peter Eisenman, shifted from an investigation of
"artificial excavations" as an architectural tool to a conscious pursuit of a
concept he called "blurring." Blurring is not a visual effect but rather deals
with affect, that is, a strategy for exploring a mind/body relationship in
architecture that displaces the conventional or expected experience of space.
Blurring has many different definitions -- the between, the interstitial -- and
takes many different forms in the work.
Blurred Zones: Investigations of the Interstitial presents seventeen design
projects, both built and unbuilt, and twelve essays that attempt to illuminate
and illustrate the conceptual activity of blurring. The work from this period
begins in 1988, with a project for the Guardiola House in Cadiz, Spain, and
continues until 1998, with the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe in
Berlin. Also shown in this monograph, with photographs and Eisenman's signature
drawings, are the Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the University of
Cincinnati and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, both in Ohio; the
Nunotani Headquarters Building in Tokyo; the Max Reinhardt Haus in Berlin; and
the entry for the Church for the Year 2000 competition in Rome.
Complementing the design projects are texts by critics: philosopher Andrew
Benjamin, ANY magazine editor Cynthia Davidson, teacher and editor Luis
Fernández-Galiano, architectural historian K. Michael Hays, literary critic
Fredric Jameson, architect and teacher Franco Purini, and philosopher John
Rajchman. Eisenman himself has written a series of essays on blurring, the
interstitial, and undecidability, bringing together the preoccupations of his
two roles: architect and theoretician.