It's been acknowledged that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent operating in the US mirrored his mostconsistent and mature efforts towards attaining his target 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 offering the architect's most crucial layout matters in his personal phrases. during this collectionof interviews Mies talks freely approximately his courting with consumers, the typical language he aimed for in his architecturalprojects, the impacts on his paintings, and the synthesis of structure and know-how that he complex in his designs and outfitted works.Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes a major contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It provides a bright photo of a grasp of modernism, bringing his creative biography to a detailed whereas finishing the scope of his variety when it comes to options, scale, use of fabrics, and typology. An essay via Iaki balos offers a context for those interviews and appears at Mies's legacy from a modern point of view.
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If you were building in India, as Le Corbusier is today, how do you think you would build? As simply as possible. If I could not use advanced technological means, then I would have to do what they did in former times— work with the hands. If we are going to have these very complex mechanical systems in buildings, doesn’t it make some sort of sense to dramatize the mechanics of a building? I think structural elements are very essential elements, and I think that pipes are not. The structure can be integrated into 39 architecture, but I don’t think that pipes can.
In our IIT campus I painted the steel black. At the Farnsworth House I painted it white because it was in the green. It was in the open. I could use any color. And you’ve even been known to chrome it as you did in the Barcelona Pavilion. Oh, certainly, yes. I would do that. I love natural materials or metallic things. I very seldom have used colored walls, for instance. I would really like to give it to Pablo Picasso or to Paul Klee. In fact, I ordered from Klee a large picture—two pictures—one side white and the other black.
Yes, certainly. I do not share his position, you know. I believe that you have to accept the reality. I don’t think anybody can change it by a theoretical formula. I have seen that tried too often, and it has gone to pieces. I would accept it and then do something with it. That is the problem, you know. People often think I have a formula when I talk about structure. They think that I am talking about a steel beam. I’m not, you know. That has nothing to do with it. You can build in concrete. But if I had to build in concrete, I would not build like Wright.
Conversations with Mies Van Der Rohe