Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2012 - Architecture - 568 pages
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 recent work of American and German scholars. The authors’ major new discoveries include the massive transcript of the early-1950s Farnsworth House court case, which discloses for the first time the facts about Mies’s epic battle with his client Edith Farnsworth. Giving voice to dozens of architects who knew and worked with (and sometimes against) Mies, this comprehensive biography tells the compelling story of how Mies and his students and followers created some of the most significant buildings of the twentieth century.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
18861905
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190518
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191826
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192630
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19303
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193638
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193849
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Commercial and Institutional Work 195059
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The 1960s
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14 Was Less Less? 195969
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196269
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Acknowledgments
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Protégés
403
Miess Career in Publications and Exhibitions
418
Notes
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194653
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9 The 1940s
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19462003
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Residential Work 195059
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Franz Schulze is the Hollender Professor of Art Emeritus at Lake Forest College. His many books include Philip Johnson: Life and Work and, as coauthor, Chicago’s Famous Buildings, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press. Edward Windhorst studied architecture with Myron Goldsmith at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has written two other books about modern architecture in Chicago.

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