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Happy Birthday Mies van der Rohe!

He was born on this day in 1886. From our own Conversations with Mies van der Rohe are his Lake Shore Drive apartment buildings under construction in Chicago and the master himself staring out through a just completed window. 

modernizing:

New National Gallery Berlin, Germany by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Further reading: Conversations with Mies van der Rohe, from PAPress.

This monograph was originally published on the occasion of an exhibition of the architecture of Mies van der Rohe held at the Museum of Modern Art, September 16 – November 23, 1947.
A third edition of Mies van der Rohe by Philip Johnson, published in 1978, the same year the author was awarded (as a trustee of MoMA) an AIA Gold Medal. The following year, Johnson received the first Pritzker Prize. This copy is from the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.

This monograph was originally published on the occasion of an exhibition of the architecture of Mies van der Rohe held at the Museum of Modern Art, September 16 – November 23, 1947.

A third edition of Mies van der Rohe by Philip Johnson, published in 1978, the same year the author was awarded (as a trustee of MoMA) an AIA Gold Medal. The following year, Johnson received the first Pritzker Prize. This copy is from the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.

More photographs by Balthazar Korab (1926–2013): Toronto Dominion Center (Mies van der Rohe) and the Great Lakes Regional Headquarters of the Reynolds Metals Company, Southfield, Michigan (Minoru Yamasaki).

From Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

Convention Hall, Chicago, 1953–54
Preliminary version: interior perspective

Rendering by Mies van der Rohe 

“I went through a lot of different possible types of building. There are only a few left. I would like to do the Convention Hall in Chicago. This is an enormous building, 722 by 620 feet. I would like to see it myself. I know the drawings. I know the idea behind it. But, in fact, there is a certain size that is a reality. Take the pyramids in Egypt and make them only 15 feet high. It is nothing. There is just this enormous size that makes all the difference.”

From Conversations with Mies van der Rohe

Back to School | Conversations with Students

It’s time again to sharpen your pencils and dust off the old slide rule. While you’re still on the waitlist for your favorite professor’s class, crack open a book from our series called Conversations with Students — almost a dozen books that reveal the pedagogy of some of the most revered architects and designers of the 20th century. This ever-expanding series includes lectures, workshops, and interviews from the likes of Louis KahnMies van der Rohe, and Paul Rand.