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Palladio Virtuel
William O'Brien Jr.
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Palladio Virtuel is an important and timely book for the discipline of architecture today for at least three reasons. At a time when the medium of architecture is increasingly image-based and it has inadvertently become our inclination to assess a work of architecture instantaneously on the basis of its single image, we are reminded at the outset of Palladio Virtuel about the values of “seeing what cannot be seen.” Latent relationships between, within, and across architectural matter have the power to communicate ideas about architecture when they are discovered. But one could go further and state that close readings of form in architecture have the potential to create new ideas about architecture from within architecture. This sentiment is one that is conveyed with conviction and relentlessness in the most recent book of formal analysis by Peter Eisenman with Matt Roman.

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