Download e-book for iPad: Conversations with Mies van der Rohe by Moises Puente

By Moises Puente

ISBN-10: 1568987536

ISBN-13: 9781568987538

It's been acknowledged that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent operating in the United States mirrored his mostconsistent and mature efforts towards attaining 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, provides clean credence to this declare by means of featuring 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 impacts on his paintings, and the synthesis of structure and know-how that he complex in his designs and equipped works.

Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes a massive contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It provides a brilliant photo of a grasp of modernism, bringing his inventive biography to an in depth whereas finishing the scope of his kind by way of recommendations, scale, use of fabrics, and typology. An essay via Iaki balos presents a context for those interviews and appears at Mies's legacy from a latest viewpoint.

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Since I understood that, I would not be for fashion in architecture. I would look for more profound principles. And since I know by reading and studying books that we are under the influence of science and technology, I would ask myself, “What can that be? What result comes from this fact? ” And the answer to this question gave me the direction which I fol­lowed, not what I liked. I often throw things out I like very much. They are dear to my heart, but when I have a better conviction, a better idea, a clearer idea, then I follow the clearer idea.

Not at all. No. My father said, “Don’t read these dumb books. ” He was a craftsman. 54 1955 Were there great works or great masters who influenced your own thinking about architecture? Yes, there is no question. I think if somebody takes his work seriously and even if he is relatively young, he will be influenced by other people. You just cannot help that. It is a fact. First of all, I was influenced by old buildings. I looked at them, people built them. I don’t know the names, and I don’t know what it was—mostly very simple buildings.

I am trying to go an objective way. Have there been architects of the past who have developed a style that lasted as a vocabulary? Andrea Palladio, certainly. It lasted. It is still among us in certain cases. Even though his forms have changed, his spirit is still there in many cases. Do you think there is a desire on the part of people for natural materials that are in a sense rich? For instance, I’ve always felt disappointed that the Resor House was never built. Yes, I was sorry, too. I think it is a very good building.

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