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Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit

By Marsha Music and Matthew Piper
Edited by Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, and Natasha Chandani

"Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies explores how Modernist architecture improves lives in the Lafayette Park section of Detroit, which has the world's largest concentration of Mies van der Rohe buildings. (It's also one of the most racially integrated neighborhoods in what might well be America's most segregated city.)"—The New York Times Style Magazine

"...a fine-grained publication that celebrates Lafayette Park's residents and daily life there. That book conveys a sense of a complex, diverse ecology: from college students and retirees to herons, pheasants, and possums."—Mariana Mogilevich, Public Books

"Exceptionally informed and informative, this impressive and newly updated study is a seminal work of outstanding scholarship and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library American Architecture & Urban Development history collections and supplemental studies reading lists."—Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review

Lafayette Park, a middle-class residential area in downtown Detroit, is home to the largest collection of buildings designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the world. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, it remained one of Detroit's most racially integrated and economically stable neighborhoods, although it was surrounded by evidence of a city in financial distress. Through interviews with and essays by residents, reproductions of archival material: new photographs by Karin Jobst, Vasco Roma and Corine Vermeulen, and previously unpublished photographs by documentary filmmaker Janine Debanné, Thanks for the View, Mr. Miesexamines the way that Lafayette Park residents confront and interact with this unique modernist environment. This book is a reaction against the way that iconic modernist architecture is often represented. Whereas other writers may focus on the design intentions of the architect, authors Aubert, Cavar and Chandani seek to show the organic and idiosyncratic ways in which the people who live in Lafayette Park actually use the architecture and how this experience, in turn, affects their everyday lives. Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies was originally published in 2012, two years before the city of Detroit entered into the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country. The 2019 edition of Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies includes a revised introduction and two new texts by Lafayette Park residents, and authors, Marsha Music and Matthew Piper. Music and Piper reflect on the changes the neighborhood underwent between 2012 and 2018, when the city went through and emerged from bankruptcy and entered into a new phase, as a desirable place for real estate investment.

Paperback
304 pages
Metropolis Books, 2019
6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
ISBN 9781942884408
American Architecture, Modernism

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