My Father, the Architect

Link from Unbeige to an article in Dwell by Andrew Blum, looking at how architects have tried their level best to try and design their children in their own image.

'Until she was three years old, Julia Eisenman was dressed exclusively in white, at the insistence of her father, Peter Eisenman, the theorist/ringleader of the neo-Corbusian architectural clique once called the "New York Five." And it wasn't just her--all the walls of their Riverside Drive apartment in New York were white." At school, the girls had Laura Ashley wallpaper and plush carpeting and I was like, 'I want Laura Ashley wallpaper!' And my dad said, 'No. No. The most I'll give you is one wall in your bedroom with a color on it.' So I got one bluish-purplish wall. That kind of pissed me off, because I was like, 'why can't we just paint the whole room?'"'

The argument comes full circle when Eisenmann, asked recently whether he had any remorse over the failings of his celebrated Wexner Centre, in Columbus, Ohio, replied:

"Could I have been a better father?" he responded. "Could I have been a better husband, friend, son, brother? These are the things I could have regrets about. But for a building? I don't think so."