Rome should not shun contemporary architecture, argues New York architect Peter Eisenman in an interview with Corriere della Sera. The man behind Berlins Holocaust Memorial says Rome should welcome new architectural styles so long as they respect their historical settings for the simple reason that even the great classical architects Bramante, Borromini, Piranesi and Vignola also experimented, were innovative and caused similar uproar in their day. Eisenman calls for a clear urban strategy with spaces set aside for great contemporary architecture. He adds that if a city, like a person, does not belong to its own time and lives only in nostalgia, it dies. Eisenman is scathing, however, about fellow architect Richard Meier, whose design for the Ara Pacis museum is now going up on the Tiber embankments in the centre of Rome. He only wants to put his mark on Romes historic centre, says Eisenman.
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