Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969) was a German-American architect. Along with Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture.
Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus, a ground-breaking school of modern art, design and architecture. After Nazism's rise to power, with its strong opposition to modernism (leading to the closing of the Bauhaus itself), Mies emigrated to the United States. He accepted the position to head the architecture school at the Armour Institute of Technology, in Chicago.
An anthology containing all of van der Rohe's writings and lectures, both well known and never republished on architecture and education--mostly translated from German to English--reveal him as an architect who constructed his texts with the same disciplined restraint with which he designed buildings.buildings.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was one of the founding fathers of modern architecture, and creator of the Barcelona Pavilion (1929) and the Seagram Building in New York (1954-1958). This book explores more than 20 of his projects between 1906 and 1967, from his early work around Berlin to his most important American buildings.
Presents an essential and comprehensive Mies monograph that focuses in its analysis on Mies' design intentions: it reconstructs the buildings in their original state, examines them from the present day perspective and rediscovers the inspiring architecture of a great modern master.