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

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

By Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst

“This excellent revised edition of a work originally published in 1985, has 138 illustrations, incisive descriptions of Mies’ innovative creations and a fascinating account of his Pyrrhic victory in a lawsuit against his disaffected client Edith Farnsworth.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“Franz Schulze’s 1985 biography of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has always been acknowledged as the most comprehensive and thoughtful biography of one of the key figures in twentieth-century architecture. This revised edition with significant new scholarship by its two authors will undoubtedly come to occupy the same position.”—Dietrich Neumann, Brown University

“This authoritative biography of Mies van der Rohe has been updated through building records, the recollections of students and a court transcript. It’s a gripping read, even if you’re not a fan.”—Christopher Woodword, Building Design

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.

Paperback
512 pages
University Of Chicago Press; 2 edition, 2014
7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
ISBN 9780226151458
Biography, Architecture, Modernism

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