Jun, 25, 2012,
4:44 PM

1995 in Lafayette Park

In connection with our exhibition on Lafayette Park, we’ll feature a historic document each week. Today’s newsletter front page, along with other bits of information we will present through July, are courtesy of Betty Brown and the publication, "Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies," 2012. If you would like to share ephemera from Lafayette Park, send us a copy at miesmembership@iit.edu.

Today’s time machine comes in the form of “Our Place,” a newsletter cover from 1995 that boasts the following:

1.) A shout-out to Sam Johnson, who bought his 1347 Joliet (on the Meadow) unit from Juanita Dess. It’s noted Mr. Johnson worked for Chrysler as an inspector and had been there for more than 20 years (sigh, those were the days)

2.) A call for people to run for the board and, interestingly, a reminder that if you want to nominate someone for the board it’s important to first make sure they want to do it.

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Jun, 20, 2012,
10:45 AM

Bustle in the Hedgerow: Urban Living in a Prairie Landscape

Noah Resnick, Associate Professor of Architecture at University of Detroit Mercy, spoke in S. R. Crown Hall about Lafayette Park, where he also happens to live.

Check out this video of his June 7, 2012 lecture, which opened the Mies Society’s exhibition, "Lafayette Park: The Settlement Shape," featuring designs and models from the breakthrough habitat. It is free and open to the public through July 27, 2012, Mondays through Fridays.

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Jun, 14, 2012,
3:43 PM

Meet the curators this Saturday

When the 20th century’s most influential urban planner, landscape architect, and architect collaborated on a residential space, the result was Detroit’s Lafayette Park.

Get expert insight on this much-celebrated residential space this Saturday, June 16, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Crown Hall when Kevin Harrington, professor emeritus at IIT, presents “Figure and Pattern-Mies, Hilberseimer and Caldwell at Lafayette Park.”

Harrington’s talk is presented in conjunction with the Mies Society’s exhibition on Lafayette Park, which features models, designs, and video. Stay for refreshments and a chance to meet the curators—the Milan, Italy-based Francesca Scotti, Adalberto Del Bo, and Francesco Bruno. They teach at the Bovisa campus of the Politecnico Milano, where the show originated.

A contribution of $40 toward Mies Society’s operating fund will be reciprocated with copies of the exhibition catalog. This event is free and open to the public.

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