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Eisenman Architects’ unique approach to design projects is to consider the layers of physical and cultural archaeologies at each site, not just the obvious contexts and programs of a building. Rather than pursuing a particular building type, Eisenman Architects specializes in a particular problem type: projects with difficult siting, programmatic and/or budgetary constraints, and of strategic importance to their environment. The firm has produced a wide range of award-winning projects around the world, including housing, urban planning, and innovative education, cultural and commercial facilities. The office’s current projects include a one-million-square-foot, six-building cultural complex in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (a library and an archive, a performing arts center, two museums, and a central services building), a commuter rail station in Pompeii, Italy, condominium housing in Milan, and a masterplan for Pozzuoli, Italy. The firm’s University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals opened in August 2006, and was the site of Super Bowl XLII in February 2008.