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Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography
Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography is a major rewriting and expansion of Franz Schulze’s acclaimed 1985 biography, the first full treatment of the master German-American modern architect. Coauthored with architect Edward Windhorst, this revised edition, three times the length of the original text, features extensive new research and commentary and draws on the best re ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published January 1st 1986)
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An ezcellent biography, written in a surprisingly readable style. Mies architecture is described and analyzed. One would expect the former, this biography also, as advertised, provides the latter. The authors attempt to dig into Mies' personality and motivations. How and why did he design such, for his era, such original architecture? These important questions are answered, providing guidance to non-architects as to how to develop original products/designs in other fields. I'm not going to answe ...more
A very readable and humanizing portrait of this man who, for most of us, is probably relatively inscrutable. It is challenging reading during Mies' early years in Germany. Unless you read German, a lot of the names and places will challenge you. Likewise, many of Mies' early influences, among architects and artists, were relatively esoteric for me. But upon Mies' immigration to America, I found it much easier to follow.
Gets off to a slow start with the early years, but by the time it gets to the magnificent Barcelona Pavilion, it's fascinating and just keeps getting better. This man invented modern architecture from scratch, it's incredible really. It became fashionable to look down on him for a while, but now we see him for the giant he was. Can't wait to get back to Manhattan and visit the Seagram Building again.
Franz Schulze was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Illinois, Pekin and Chicago, as his civil engineer father moved to follow employment in the 1930s. Perhaps his interest in art and architecture was stimulated by visiting with his father the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago, which he still remembers vividly. After Lane Technical High School in his Chicago neighborhood, Schulze at ...moreMore about Franz Schulze...