May, 7, 2012,
3:48 PM
May, 3, 2012,
1:12 PM

We’re off to Czech it out

TO SEE PICTURES FROM ALMOST EVERY DAY OF OUR TRIP, CLICK “BLOG” IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER OF THIS PAGE AND VIEW ENTRIES PRECEDING MAY 15, 2012.

The Mies van der Rohe Society is about to leave for its much-anticipated trip to Europe, with stops at Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic and sundry hot spots in Berlin.

For a taste of what we’ll see at the newly restored Villa Tugendhat, a breakthrough Mies home, read this insightful review. And stay tuned for our updates from Europe.

A view of Mies’ recently restored Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic

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Apr, 13, 2012,
4:27 PM

Lafayette Park comes to Chicago

CHICAGO: This summer, Crown Hall will host an exhibition about one of Mies’ breakthrough buildings. (Imagine, a Mies building hosting an exhibition about a Mies building, how meta!)

From June 7 to July 27, “Lafayette Park: The Settlement Shape: An Exhibition of Mies’ Detroit-based Urban Renewal Project,” will be on display and free to the public.

Lafayette Park was the first urban renewal project in the United States and remains a model of efficient, community-minded living. It is a simplistic building that embodies apparent contraditions. It was designed for car owners, but parking spaces are discreet. It was built across the street from an elementary school, but children don’t need to cross the street to get there.

The exhibition is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See photos of Lafayette Park residents here and here.

Photo by Werner Blaser

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Apr, 11, 2012,
3:38 PM

Architecture & Design Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

The nation’s largest film festival to celebrate remarkable architecture and design returns to Chicago tomorrow with a brand-new program of films, talk-backs, and panel discussions.

Programs run through Monday, April 16, at the Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport Avenue. Click here for a list of films.

We recommend Eames: The Architect and the Painter, which explores the marriage and collaboration of Charles and Ray Eames. It screens at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Photo by Fuschia Foot

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