This book examines the life and work of one of the great architects of our time, Mies van der Rohe. Beginning and ending in Berlin, from the pre-1914 houses for the intelligentsia to the final masterpiece of 1968, the Neue Nationalgalerie, this essay records the stages of a distinguished career from the Bauhaus to Chicago, Detroit, Montreal and to New York, with the famous Seagram Building, confirming Mies van der Rohe as the equal of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. Jean-Louis Cohen brings out the paradoxes in this elegant, remote, refined and mysterious personality: the man who built the monument to Rosa Luxembourg and who flirted with the Nazi regime; the architect who affirmed, in one of his famous aphorisms, that 'less is more' and yet does not hesitate to use the most sophisticated materials for his buildings. This study shows how Mies 'designed, in his initial types, and in their development, categories of buildings as symbolic of the capitalist way of production as of the Florentine palaces of Quattrocento society'.
"The texts were written by a single person (complemented by a report from a user), the photographs, reproduced in duotone, all come from the same lens using an approach repeated again and again. Both attempt to show the objective state of affairs of Mies van der Rohe's solitary buildings with carefully collected and organized materials. An inner confrontation over decades opened up access to Mies' oeuvre for Werner Blaser, and thus, to this publication." "The legacy of Mies van der Rohe's most fruitful intentions is thus visually assessed with in part unpublished picture material. Those with a more critical attitude should also be creatively confronted with the roots of good architecture through the intensity of the presentation, which will hopefully provide new stimulus."--BOOK JACKET.
It has been said that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent working in America reflected his mostconsistent and mature efforts toward achieving his goal of a new architecture for the twentieth century. Focusing on this American period, Conversations with Mies van der Rohe, the latest addition to our Conversations series, gives fresh credence to this claim by presenting the architect's most important design concerns in his own words. In this collectionof interviews Mies talks freely about his relationship with clients, the common language he aimed for in his architecturalprojects, the influences on his work, and the synthesis of architecture and technology that he advanced in his designs and built works. Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes an important contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It presents a vivid picture of a master of modernism, bringing his artistic biography to a close while completing the scope of his style in terms of techniques, scale, use of materials, and typology. An essay by Iaki balos provides a context for these interviews and looks at Mies's legacy from a contemporary perspective.
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture
1952/53 erbaute Mies van der Rohe die Crown Hall in Chicago: das Domizil fur Architektur, Stadt- und Regionalplanung auf dem Campus des Illinois Institute of Technology. Das Stahl- und Glasgebaude kommt ohne innere Stutzen aus, das Dach ist an vier Stahltragern aufgehangt. In der Halle - einem ganz grossen Raum mit niedrigen Wandabschlussen - sind Zeichenraum, Bibliothek und Ausstellungsraum untergebracht, im Untergeschoss die Unterrichtsraume und Werkstatten. Mies Suche nach immer klareren Strukturen gelangt in diesem Bau zur Meisterschaft. Werner Blaser, ehemaliger Mitarbeiter Mies van der Rohes, liefert eine sorgfaltige, von personlichen Erfahrungen gepragte Darstellung dieses epochemachenden Gebaudes in Text und Bild.