Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe

By (author) Jean-Louis Cohen


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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 short biography records the stages of a distinguished career from the Bauhaus to Chicago, Detroit, Montreal and to New York with the famous Seagram Building on the Park Avenue pedestal and confirms him 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 same man who built the monument to Rosa Luxembourg and who flirted with the Nazi regime; the same 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 builings. This study shows how Mies "designed, in his initial types, and in their develpment, categories of buildings as symbolic of the capitalist method of production as of the Florentine palaces were of Quattrocento society". Jean-Louis Cohen, senior lecturer at the School of Further Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, France, has written numerous architectural monographs and various articles in European publications on the architecture of Western Europe, of Russia and of the United States.

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 175.3 x 243.8 x 11.4mm | 453.6g
  • 09 Nov 1995
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Spon Press
  • London
  • English
  • 45 line illustrations, 137 halftone illustrations, further reading, index
  • 0419203303
  • 9780419203308
  • 1,364,852

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""Outstanding."" -Architecture Today

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