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By Moises Puente

It's been stated that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent operating in the USA mirrored his mostconsistent and mature efforts towards attaining his aim of a brand new structure for the 20 th century. concentrating on this American interval, Conversations with Mies van der Rohe, the most recent addition to our Conversations sequence, supplies clean credence to this declare by means of proposing the architect's most crucial layout issues in his personal phrases. during this collectionof interviews Mies talks freely approximately his courting with consumers, the typical language he aimed for in his architecturalprojects, the affects on his paintings, and the synthesis of structure and expertise that he complex in his designs and outfitted works.

Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes a huge contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It offers a vibrant photo of a grasp of modernism, bringing his creative biography to a detailed whereas finishing the scope of his type when it comes to options, scale, use of fabrics, and typology. An essay by means of Iaki balos presents a context for those interviews and appears at Mies's legacy from a modern viewpoint.

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The school was there when it was in Weimar. If I’m not mistaken, I think that Gropius was proposed by van de Velde, who was the head of the school in Weimar. When he left Weimar he proposed Gropius as his successor. Getting the different people was Gropius’s doing. There is no doubt about that. He brought these people. He must have seen that these people were driving in a different direction, too. But that they were good people, that was Gropius’s doing. How important to the Bauhaus was the climate of the Deutsche Werkbund?

I bought all these books and paid for them. I read them in all the fields. 53 Do you still read? Yes, l do. And I read very often the old books. The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) once had some affair going on. I said, “When I left Germany, I had about three thousand books. ” I said, “I could send back two hundred and seventy. ” I was interested in the philosophy of values and problems of the spirit. I was also very much interested in astronomy and natural sciences.

I never forget the lesson I got there just by looking at his buildings. I had only a few talks with Berlage, but not about that. We never talked about architecture together. 55 Do you think he knew that you sensed what he was doing? No, I don’t think so. I cannot see any reason why he should have because we didn’t talk about it. I was really a young boy then. But I really learned this idea from him. I must have been open for this particular view because of the old buildings I had seen. And I learned a lot from Frank Lloyd Wright.

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