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The Crisis of Monumentality Part II: Mies’ Brussels Pavilion.

“One must know that this world is formed and that this form matters.” Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, 1932.   In the Reichsbank project of 1933 the tenets of modernism espoused by Mies Van Der Rohe’s Avant Garde work of … Continue reading

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The Front and the Back: Mies,The Reichsbank, and the Crisis of Monumentality

  The Reichsbank project of 1933 (fig. 1) is an attempt by Mies Van Der Rohe to synthesize both monumental and modernist rhetoric. This competition, during the first year of the Third Reich’s power, attempts to resolve and enfold both … Continue reading

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GSD Thesis

I’m pleased to include the link to my thesis book for anyone interested in getting a copy.  It is the culmination of everything I explored in this blog.  This book is an investigation of duality present in the architecture of … Continue reading

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‘The Lie that Reveals Truth.”

To illustrate one of the concepts in my blog concerning expressive rationalism I have doctored up an image of Mies’ unbuilt 50X50 house.  The sequence demonstrates the attenuating power of honesty in architecture. Honesty can obscure the clear diagram of … Continue reading

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The Apollonian and Dionysian in Architecture.

Architecture is the synthesis between the real and the spiritual.  The real is the body of elements that influence a building towards its practical function; it is the rationalist necessity or the objective aims of built works.  The spiritual is … Continue reading

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Forty-two years after his death many people still have misconceptions about the architecture of Mies Van Der Rohe.  Below I will list a few elements of Mies’ architecture that may have been lost in the broad definition of his work.  … Continue reading

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1+1=1: The Nagging Tooth of Architecture.

Finally, after putting it off for years, I had my wisdom teeth removed last week.  Over the next couple of days the effects of the surgery were pervasive.  It affected the way I breathed *, it affected how I ate … Continue reading

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Dual Natured Architecture

 “With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage. In equal scale weighing delight and dole.”  William Shakespeare, Hamlet Strikes and Gutters –  The Big Lebowski The theory of dual natured architecture is itself a duality.  It could be criticized as … Continue reading

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The Antipodes of Our Age

“Architecture wrote the history of the epochs and gave them their name. Architecture depends on its time.  It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form.” Mies Van Der Rohe In the modern era, the … Continue reading

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Empty Vessels for Soulful Expression: Fine Art and Mies Van Der Rohe

When Franz Shulze asked Mies Van Der Rohe why he never collected works of art that were geometric abstractions he seemed to elude the subject by declaring; “ You don’t have to have everything.”    Like Andy Warhol, Mies was being … Continue reading

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