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Mies van der Rohe [Paperback]

Claire Zimmerman

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Oct. 1 2006 Taschen Basic Architecture Series
Less is more: Finding perfection in purity
 
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) was one of the founding fathers of modern architecture. The creator of the Barcelona Pavilion (1929), the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois (1945–1951) and the Seagram Building in New York (1954–1958), Mies was one of the founders of a new architectural style. Well known for his motto "less is more," he sought a kind of refined purity in architectural expression that was not seen in the reduced vocabulary of other Bauhaus members. His goal was not simply building for those of modest income but building economically in terms of sustainability, both in a technical and aesthetical way; the use of industrial materials such as steel and glass were the foundation of this approach. Though the extreme reduction of form and material in his work garnered some criticism, over the years many have tried—mostly unsuccessfully—to copy his original and elegant style.

This book explores more than 20 of his projects between 1906 and 1967, from his early work around Berlin to his most important American buildings.
 
About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture Series features:
  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)

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About the Author

Claire Zimmerman worked on MoMA's 2001 exhibition "Mies in Berlin" and authored several essays for the exhibition catalog. A doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, she holds a Master's in architecture from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Yale, Barnard College, and Florida A&M University.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Fathers of Modern Architecture April 6 2007
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mies Van Der Rohe is one of the father's of Modern Architecture. He began his career in Germany before the Great War and ended it in the United States in the late 1960's. Not only did he design some of the most iconic buildings and furniture of the Twentieth Century, Mies was also a teacher who deeply influenced generations of architects. We see his influence in cities throughout the world.

The volumes in Taschen's Basic Architecture Series are a must for anyone interested in the history of architecture. At $9.99 a volume, they are an affordable and attractive introduction to the works of the most influential architects of the past century. The sole hesitation I have with this volume is Claire Zimmerman's writing style. She writes in a flowery academic style that is off putting. However, at $9.99 a volume, you cannot go wrong. Recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introdcution. Nov. 2 2009
By J. S. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The pictures are good, but I wished there were more of them. 39 pictures are B&W and 35 are color ones, excluding the colored drawings and collages and the pictures of the architect. The Toronto Dominion Center is only given a pretty small photo as picture. I think some potential picture space is sacrificed for the graphic design of the book. The descriptions are good, the text is good. So overall it's a decent book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not great April 24 2007
By Arnaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wish I had more floor plans and pictures and also more buildings.

Not bad though for the price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MIES VAN DER ROHE June 5 2014
By JOVITA GUADALUPE RODRIGUEZ DECIGA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hello, This ítem is wonderful. I love the book. It is interesting and have beautiful potos. Thank you very much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Photography very very ordinary considering it is about design .not good value for the cost . July 14 2013
By Kaye Puttick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Photography and production very ordinary considering the superb designs and a man so ahead of his time.not good value in our opinion.

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