It’s difficult to imagine what the skyline of Chicago might look like without architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He influenced an entire generation of architects while tenured as head of the architecture department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). During his 60-year career, Mies established a design vocabulary that helped define Mid-Century Modern architecture.

Mies did not design buildings with a particular style in mind. For him, the philosophy came first. How a building looked was purely an expression of its era and its materials. As he explained,

“I am not interested in the history of civilization. I am interested in our civilization. We are living it. Because I really believe, after a long time of working and thinking and studying that architecture...can only express this civilization we are in and nothing else.”

This site is dedicated to Mies van der Rohe. Further look in to the site, it highlights the legacy of Mies in Chicago, his motto of "less is more," what materials he chose in order to create a clear structure, his treatment of glass to achieve his concept of fluid space, all of which highlighting and explain his philosophy.

Source: architecture.org

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