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Musings on Mies and Modernism

Musings on Mies and Modernism

We’re screening Regularor Super tonight at the Center.  It’san interesting documentary on Mies van der Rohe centered around an ESSO gasstation he designed and featuring interviews with Rem Koolhaas and others.  It gives us the opportunity to link to a coupleof articles on Mies and his work in context.

Thiscommentary from The New York Times put Mies (and his towers on Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive featured in the film) into the context ofpost-war America. How did his “less is more” ethos impactmiddle-class housing in the decades to come?

Roger Ebert is a well-known Chicagoan, living in a city thatMies had much impact on.  However, itpretty clear he’s not a fan of Modernism. In this article(which kicks off with the line “Much modern architecture has grown tiresome to me.”), Ebert explains his evolving opinion of Mies andgoes on to celebrate Louis Sullivan and the Gothic grandeur of the University of Chicago campus.

And Ebert has started (restarted?) the debate.  The architecture blogosphere is abuzz.  Here’smention in The Los Angeles Times onlineIt includes a poll so you can chime inwith your own opinion.

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