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Contropiede | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees


The newly redesigned Domus (free registration required) web site has reviewed Contropiede by Peter Eisenman. Not knowing anything about Peter Eisenman, but interested in anything related to diagrams, the review brings some fascinating concepts about diagrams to light. I’ve always thought of diagrams as turning data into information, but they can also be seen more strategically. Hence the following quote: “The concept of defensive play is one of the main features of Italian football, writes Peter Eisenman… when the players form a spider’s web and wait for an errant player or a loose ball and then pounce to execute a speedy counterattack, like the mongoose with the cobra. I have always been struck by this idea of counter attack (or contropiede), particularly so since I started thinking that football and architecture are both diagrammatic fields. I don’t trigger circumstances, I react to them.”

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