By Moises Puente
It's been stated that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent operating in the United States mirrored his mostconsistent and mature efforts towards reaching his objective of a brand new structure for the 20th 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 via offering the architect's most crucial layout matters in his personal phrases. during this collectionof interviews Mies talks freely approximately his dating with consumers, the typical language he aimed for in his architecturalprojects, the affects on his paintings, and the synthesis of structure and know-how that he complicated in his designs and outfitted works.
Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes an incredible contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It offers a bright photograph of a grasp of modernism, bringing his creative biography to a detailed whereas finishing the scope of his sort when it comes to suggestions, scale, use of fabrics, and typology. An essay via Iaki balos offers a context for those interviews and appears at Mies's legacy from a modern viewpoint.
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The first year is spent on that. And they learn how to draw. Then we taught them construction in stone, in brick, in wood, and make them learn something about engineering. We talked about concrete and steel. Then we taught them something about functions of buildings, and in the junior year we tried to teach them a sense of proportion and a sense of space. And only in the last year we came to a group of buildings. And there I see no rigidness in the curriculum at all. Because we try to make them aware of the problems involved.
Then I started to read. 1 It was at the university in Berlin. There I met quite a number of people, and I started to read more and more. When this philosopher came to my office for the first time—I had an office in my apartment, and my books were lying on a huge drafting board, about a foot high—he looked around and he saw all these books. ” I said, “Nobody. ” He was very surprised. He saw no discipline in it or anything like that. At that time, we were working for Peter Behrens. 2 There were other architects in Berlin.
No, just the opposite, I love it if I get a good one. There are things that cannot be done without engineers. You cannot know everything. I think architects should understand more about engineering and the engineers should know a little more about architecture. Will new materials greatly change the style of our times? No, I don’t think so, because what I tried to do in architecture is to develop a clear structure. We are just confronted with the material. How to use it in the right way is what you have to find out.
Conversations with Mies van der Rohe by Moises Puente