This summer the Mies Society is excited to present an exhibition on one of the first urban renewal projects in the United States, Lafayette Park in Detroit. This innovative Mies design puts the pedestrian first and maximizes interior space. And it was created with the help of his notable contemporaries.
On Saturday, June 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Crown Hall, Kevin Harrington will give a talk on this dream design team. The Illinois Institute of Technology professor emeritus has written and lectured widely on Mies and his colleagues. This lecture, “Figure and Pattern-Mies, Hilberseimer and Caldwell at Lafayette Park,” will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to peruse the exhibition.
In addition to Kevin Harrington’s talk, members of the team at Politecnico di Milano, who organized the exhibition, will be featured. Francesca Scotti, Adalberto Del Bo, and Francesco Bruno all teach at the Bovisa campus of the Politecnico.
The exhibition catalog features “The Two Ludwigs in Detroit” by Del Bo and “The Openness of the Urban Framework and the Mixed Construction Type” by Bruno. Scotti edited the catalog and contributed to the essay “Lafayette Park in the Developement of Ludwig Hilberseimer’s City Idea.” Del Bo served as principal advisor for the exhibition and catalog. It will be published in English and Italian and will be available at this event.
This event is free and open to the public.
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