Mies van der Rohe
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Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography is a major rewriting
and expansion of Franz Schulze's acclaimed 1985 biography, the first full
treatment of the master German-American modern architect. Co-authored with
architect Edward Windhorst, this thoroughly revised edition features new
and extensive original research and commentary and draws on the best recent
work of American and German scholars and critics.
Schulze and Windhorst trace Mies’s European career in its progression to
avant-garde modernism—where his work was materially rich but of modest
scale—to his second maturity and world renown in the United States, where
he invented a new architectural language of "objective" structural
expression. Among the authors' most exciting new discoveries is the massive
transcript of the early-1950s Farnsworth House court case, which discloses
for the first time the facts about Mies's epic battle with his client Edith
Farnsworth. The book reveals new information about his relationships with
women, including the nature and breakup of his marriage to the wealthy Ada
Bruhn, his close professional and personal ties to the gifted designer
Lilly Reich, and new details from a series of illuminating interviews with
his American companion, Lora Marx. This edition also gives voice to dozens
of architects who knew and worked with (and sometimes against) Mies—many of
them from the unique oral history collection of the Art Institute of
Chicago's Department of Architecture.
This comprehensive biography tells the compelling story of how Mies and his
students and followers created some of the most significant buildings of
the twentieth century.
Dimensions: 1.6 x 7.3 x 9.8 inches
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