Conversations with Mies van der Rohe by Moises Puente

By Moises Puente

It's been acknowledged that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent operating in the US mirrored his so much constant and mature efforts towards attaining his aim of a brand new structure for the 20 th century. targeting this American interval, Conversations with Mies van der Rohe, the most recent addition to our Conversations sequence, supplies clean credence to this declare via proposing the architect's most vital layout matters in his personal phrases. during this selection of interviews Mies talks freely approximately his courting with consumers, the typical language he aimed for in his architectural tasks, 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 huge contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It offers a bright photo of a grasp of modernism, bringing his inventive biography to an in depth whereas finishing the scope of his variety by way of thoughts, scale, use of fabrics, and typology. An essay through Iñaki Ábalos presents a context for those interviews and appears at Mies's legacy from a latest perspective.

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But I think he cannot have real followers. In order to do things as he does it, you need a lot of fantasy and, if you have fantasy, you will do it differently. I am quite sure it is an individualistic approach, and I don’t go this way. I go a different way. 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.

But in the end, I really believe that architecture can only be the expression of its civilization. What would you say is the main problem of architecture in America? What can architecture do to change the American scene as it looks now, and how should architects go about it? Yes, I think that is in fact the most important question. You know, if somebody doesn’t agree with me that there is a relation, that architecture is only possible in relation to civili­zation, then there is no use in talking about it.

But if somebody accepts that, then we can ask ourselves: what kind of relation is there, and what is our civilization like? Everybody talks a­bout it, but it is really difficult to define. Civilization is a pro­cess partly of the past and partly of the present, and it is partly open to the future. So it is really difficult to find—in this moving process—the characteristic of civilization. It is not enough that somebody has some ideas. ” We had that when I was young. I listened to these great people, around 1900.

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