Mies’ master plan of IIT’s Main Campus may have been a planning tool, but in many ways it’s more a work of art; the original is even held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It represents a perfect order, something to aspire to, even if it’s impossible to attain in a world of budget restraints and regime switches. Obviously, Mies couldn’t carry out his plan completely, and had to hand the project over to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill when he left IIT in 1958.
We’ve be asking ourselves: how much has changed between the planning stages and the final layout? We decided to sketch it out. Unlike Mies’ plan, these crayon drawings aren’t beautiful and perfectly proportioned, but they demonstrate a drastic difference.
Master Plan (1941):
How it looks today (2011):
To get an even better sense of Mies’ main campus, take one of the Mies Society’s daily tours!› Read more