Apr, 29, 2011,
12:40 PM

Finding Mies: Salt Lake City, Utah

A Salt Lake City house designed by Mies student, draftsman, and assistant, John Sugden, has been listed for sale.

An IIT alum, Sugden worked on Farnsworth House and the 860-880 Lake Shore apartments before setting up practice in his home state of Utah. He also worked with Ludwig Hilberseimer. Sugden’s work was influenced by both his modernist training and his immersion in the rugged Utah landscape.

Coldwell Banker has the listing. Thanks to Grassroots Modern for the tip.

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Apr, 28, 2011,
5:07 PM

Architecture & Design Film Festival

In addition to the 39 films that will be screened at next week’s Architecture & Design Film Festival, there are a host of events to get people thinking and talking about architecture.

Chicago-based architect and IIT adjunct professor, Jeanne Gang will be signing copies of her new book, Reveal: Studio Gang Architects (Take a peek inside the book via this slideshow on Dwell.com).

Panel discussions include IIT faculty professor Frank Flury; Mies Society board president, Edward Lifson; and Mies Society Advisory Board member, Dirk Lohan.

There will also be a reading of June Finfer’s play The Glass House—about the struggle between artist and patron in the building of Mies’ Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

Tickets are on sale now!

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Apr, 26, 2011,
1:55 PM


Thursday, April 28th is IPRO Day on the IIT campus.

IIT’s Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO) tasks interdisciplinary teams of students—often pairing them with a corporate or community sponsor—with solving real-world problems in engineering research, process improvement, sustainability, service learning and venture development.

This year’s projects range from vertical farming to renovating the old Ramova Theater in Bridgeport to piston pin manufacturing to bringing laptops to kids in Haiti.
Judges are volunteers from Chicago’s professional community.

We’re secretly pulling for our friends in IPRO 333 who helped come up with our favorite coffee, Mies van der Roast.

Thursday’s event will be held in the Hermann Hall Conference Center (the HUB).

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Apr, 25, 2011,
6:05 PM

"Neo-Miesian" awarded Pritzker Prize

Last month, Eduardo Souto de Moura was named the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, regarded as the field’s highest honor. The award will be formally presented June 2 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

In choosing Souto de Moura, the jury noted the role of Mies van der Rohe on the Portuguese architect’s work:

Often described as a “Miesian architect,” the jury acknowledged this influence with the words, “He has the confidence to use stone that is a thousand years old or to take inspiration from a modern detail by Mies van der Rohe.”

Souto de Moura designed the Estádio Municipal de Braga, site of the Euro 2004 soccer championship.  Read Blair Kamin’s article about this year’s award.

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