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 unusual, surprising 100-fold encounter with Mies van der Rohe and his work.
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.
The expert contributors to this lavishly illustrated volume, devoted entirely to Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion of 1929, address here for the first time the forgotten contexts of the Pavilion's genesis