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Mies [Hardcover]

Detlef Mertins
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23 Mar 2014
Mies is the most readable, beautiful and comprehensive book ever published on one of the twentieth century's most influential architects. Known for the beauty and purity of his work, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe built remarkable houses, skyscrapers, museums and multi-building campuses. The clarity of this architecture belies the diversity of Mies's interests, which included philosophy and science as well as design, and Detlef Mertin's rigorous and accessible text gives the reader both a clear description of all of the most important buildings as well as the intellectual contexts for their design. The book will illustrate all of Mies's work with over 700 images, and will be a highly desirable object; the large format and generous extent allows for the reproduction of all the photographs, drawings and details essential to understand Mies's work.


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (23 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714839620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714839622
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 24.9 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Puts Mies's work back at the center of the architectural debate." - Barry Bergdoll, Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA"A formidable commitment to understanding both the man and the work." - John Pawson"By providing a rich texture of details, Professor Mertins succeeds in making his book an enlightening and enjoyable journey for both serious students of architecture and design as well as those interested in learning more about the creative genius [Mies van der Rohe]." - Maurice D. Parrish, Executive Director of the Farnsworth House"Do we need another book on the master of universal space, heir to the Platonic ideal, and pursuer of the perfectly understated environment? For those interested in the intellectual context of the work -- in Mies as philosopher-architect -- the answer is yes." - "Library Journal," Starred Review"A hulking new monograph" - "The Wall Street Journal""Designers and design buffs seeking to understand this giant better make room on their shelves for "Mies."" - "Interior Design""If you've been coveting the definitive guide to one of the world's most celebrated architects, this epic volume is worth the splurge." - "The New York Post"." . . a fascinating survey of the architect's intellectual concerns: questions of the body and soul, technology and nature, and the individual and the community. Complemented by over 700 photographs, sketches, and architectural plans, this text ranks highly in the Mies van der Rohe corpus." - "Publishers Weekly," Starred Review"There is no lack of writing on Mies van der Rohe. . . However, Detlef Mertin's new book ought to make the list of the handful of exceptional, definitive volumes. . . Stunning photography, impeccable historical research and an obvious ear for philosophy comprise each of the six sections of its 528 pages, creating a book that is an extraordinary, beautiful intellectual journey and a rethinking of the function of the political in architecture." - "Id

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Detlef Mertins (1954–2011) made lasting contributions to the theory and history of modernism in architecture, art, philosophy, and urbanism. From 2002 to 2007, he was Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at the University of Toronto and, as a visiting professor, at Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University and Rice University. Among his many published books are Modernity Unbound (2011); G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926 (2010), co-edited with Michael Jennings; The Presence of Mies (1994) and Metropolitan Mutations: The Architecture of Emerging Public Spaces (1989). Mertins also published numerous essays in scholarly journals and anthologies, as well as critical writings on contemporary architecture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy and price. 29 May 2014
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Expertly written. A major contribution to the changing history of twentieth century architecture by a known authority on Mies. Profusely illustrated
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