“...the term canonical encompasses the potential heretical and transgressive nature of ways of close reading architecture. “—Peter Eisenmen, Ten Canonical Buildings
Notes on Architecture is an on-going research project tracing the key canonical architectural ideas of the past to lay the foundation for understanding the present in pursuit of challenging those very ideas going forward.
As opposed to looking at history in a chronological and narrative framework, the method of analysis uncovers the birth and transformation of architectural ideas in a more critical way. It looks at history as a projective rather than a nostalgic tool.
The research topics reflect the primary focus on ideas that are unique to the architectural discipline, particularly ideas arising from a close reading of architecture as a formal language with syntax.
As such, the research focuses on critical projects of new beginnings, which invents new concepts and opens up new possibilities for the discipline, rather than projects of grand finale.
“We need architects who give us beginnings and not endings, and whose buildings not only inspire, but also give us the tools for thinking and working to go forward.”—Lebbeus Woods
2020, “Nomadic Topology”, Atelier Alter Forum Series, Tsinghua University, China