Jul, 19, 2013,
1:59 PM

75 Years of Mies and His Chicago School

This inspirational video was created in honor of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 127th birthday and debuted at his annual birthday celebration, sponsored by the Mies Society, on March 13, 2013.

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Jul, 17, 2013,
3:01 PM

IIT features great tour guides and beautiful Mies architecture

The Mies Society recently hosted a tour for two students from Japan and not only did we wow them with a fantastic tour guide, we showed them several amazing Mies buildings. Below is a photo and comment from Aiko - thank you for the feedback, Aiko!

 
I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed Francisco’s tour - he was very knowledgeable and knew answers to all of our questions. His stories were entertaining and we could tell that he loved Mies and the IIT campus! We’d love come back and do a tour with Francisco when the renovation of the Crown Hall is completed.
Best,
Aiko

Docent-led tours are available every day and offer a fantastic perspective of Mies van der Rohe’s influence on the buildings at Illinois Institute of Technology. Tours are led by architecture students, and provide an hour-long walk through IIT’s beautiful campus.

Click here to purchase tour tickets.

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Jun, 25, 2013,
3:05 PM

Summertime is a great time of year for a Mies Tour

Today we snapped this cute photo of a Mies IIT Campus Tour led by Aimee about to leave the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC). Docent-led tours are available every day and offer a fantastic perspective of Mies van der Rohe’s influence on the buildings at Illinois Institute of Technology. Tours are led by architecture students, and provide an hour-long walk through IIT’s beautiful campus. 

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Docent-led tours are offered for individuals and groups of fewer than 10 people regularly: 

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. tour 
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. tour 


Tours depart from the Collens Welcome Center located at the northwest entrance of the MTCC, 3201 South State Street. 
$10/person, $5/student [credit cards only]

Click here for more information.

ed/ld 6.25.13

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Jun, 18, 2013,
9:01 AM

MIES 1:1 The Golf Club Project - A walk-architecture model

Krefeld, Egelsberg, Germany

26 May - 27 October 2013

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More than 83 years ago the great depression stopped the construction of a competition-winning design by Mies van der Rohe before it’s starkly horizontal planes could find their resonance in the rolling greenery of Krefeld, Germany. The structure was intended to provide a clubhouse for the Krefeld Golf Club and was sited in a private landing strip on the outskirts of the former industrial town. Now, under the direction of Belgian architect Paul Robbrecht, the building has been realized and opened to the public on May 26 2013. While the project is absolutely faithful to the original plans and site, the approach is that of both an architectural object and 1:1 scale model.

Dubbed the ‘Mies 1:1 Golf Club Projekt’, the built form is part of a greater endeavor by the society 'Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld' (Project MIK), an association that aims to manifest Miesian ideas with a tangible, walkable experience for the myriad and ever-growing generations of architects whose practice and love of the built form is indebted to Mies’s design contributions.

The full scale traversable model expresses the fundamental ’plan libre’ and planimetric rhythm so central to the architect’s work as well as his characteristic precision in material. Chrome columns bolster a powerful, wood-clad grid that at once invites the striking hilly green of the landscape. The row-ridden structure can be encountered from several perspectives in the terrain due in part to a network of hiking trails that now cross the protected site.  The Robbrecht and Daem team carefully analyzed a series of drawings and truly drew the essence of the from van der Rohe’s own flawless perspective sketches.

 "I think, the influence of my work on other architects comes from its delicate lightness. Everyone can use it without imitating. It is objective. It does not matter who did it. "   -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1959

For more information on the Golf Club Project, visit the Project MIK website:  http://www.projektmik.com/index.php?SID=hUrZGY83tFlv

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