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Mies Van Der Rohe: Less is More - Finding Perfection in Purity (Taschen Basic Architecture Series) [Paperback]

Claire Zimmerman , Peter Gossel
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10 Nov 2006 Taschen Basic Architecture Series
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was one of the founding fathers of modern architecture. The creator of the Barcelona Pavilion (1929), the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois (1945-1951) and the Seagram Building in New York (1954-1958), Mies was one of the founders of a new architectural style. Well known for his motto "less is more," he sought a kind of refined purity in architectural expression that was not seen in the reduced vocabulary of other Bauhaus members. His goal was not simply building for those of modest income but building economically in terms of sustainability, both in a technical and aesthetical way; the use of industrial materials such as steel and glass were the foundation of this approach. Though the extreme reduction of form and material in his work garnered some criticism, over the years many have tried - mostly unsuccessfully - to copy his original and elegant style. This book explores more than 20 of his projects between 1906 and 1967, from his early work around Berlin to his most important American buildings.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (10 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822836435
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822836439
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Zimmerman worked on the 2001 Museum of Modern Art exhibition "Mies in Berlin." In addition to authoring a number of essays for that exhibition's catalog, she has published on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and connections between modern architecture and new media practice. A doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center, she holds a masters in architecture from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Yale University, Barnard College, and Florida A&M University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality 12 Jun 2013
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These Taschen books are really great, the print quality is fantastic for such a low price. Loads of great images, reproduced really nicely. Bargain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PICTORIALS OF PERFECTION IN ARCHITECTURE 12 May 2014
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I CHOSE THIS RATING BECAUSE ARCHITECTURE IS RIGHT UP MY STREET. THE PHOTOS IN THIS BOOK ARE VERY NICE AND THE BOOK IS SMALL AND SETOUT WELL. THE INFO ON MIES IS FIRST CLASS AND READING IT GIVE YOU INSIGHT AS TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO PURIST AND THOSE WHO STUDY MIES AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE BAUHAUS. GOOD BOOK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice purchase 13 Jan 2014
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Great book on Mies van der Rohe work! Lacks some pictures, if that is what you are after. Anyway, great quality/cost ratio
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This is a volume of great interest to those who know the work of Mies. It is a light work and easy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Fathers of Modern Architecture 7 April 2007
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
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Mies Van Der Rohe is one of the father's of Modern Architecture. He began his career in Germany before the Great War and ended it in the United States in the late 1960's. Not only did he design some of the most iconic buildings and furniture of the Twentieth Century, Mies was also a teacher who deeply influenced generations of architects. We see his influence in cities throughout the world.

The volumes in Taschen's Basic Architecture Series are a must for anyone interested in the history of architecture. At $9.99 a volume, they are an affordable and attractive introduction to the works of the most influential architects of the past century. The sole hesitation I have with this volume is Claire Zimmerman's writing style. She writes in a flowery academic style that is off putting. However, at $9.99 a volume, you cannot go wrong. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introdcution. 3 Nov 2009
By J. S. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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The pictures are good, but I wished there were more of them. 39 pictures are B&W and 35 are color ones, excluding the colored drawings and collages and the pictures of the architect. The Toronto Dominion Center is only given a pretty small photo as picture. I think some potential picture space is sacrificed for the graphic design of the book. The descriptions are good, the text is good. So overall it's a decent book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not great 24 April 2007
By Arnaud - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I had more floor plans and pictures and also more buildings.

Not bad though for the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MIES VAN DER ROHE 5 Jun 2014
By JOVITA GUADALUPE RODRIGUEZ DECIGA - Published on Amazon.com
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Hello, This ítem is wonderful. I love the book. It is interesting and have beautiful potos. Thank you very much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Photography very very ordinary considering it is about design .not good value for the cost . 14 July 2013
By Kaye Puttick - Published on Amazon.com
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Photography and production very ordinary considering the superb designs and a man so ahead of his time.not good value in our opinion.
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