Apr, 1, 2011,
9:00 AM

A new neighbor for Farnsworth House

No kidding! Lumenhaus, a new exhibit on the grounds of Mies’ Farnsworth House, opens today.

Designed by a team from Virginia Tech, Lumenhaus is completely solar-powered and was inspired by Farnsworth House itself. Lumenhaus was the winner of the 2010 Solar Decathlon in Madrid, Spain and the U.S.  Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon in 2009. Read more in a recent article in Metropolis.

The exhibition will run from April 1, 2011 through July 31, 2011. Tickets are required.

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Mar, 31, 2011,
9:00 AM

College of Architecture April Lectures & Events

The College of Architecture at IIT is hosting another exciting series of spring lectures at S.R. Crown Hall. Unless otherwise noted, events will be at 6:00 pm at Crown Hall, Center Core, 3360 S. State Street. Call 312.567.3312 for information. All lectures are free and open to the public. Following is the schedule for February.

6 April 2011, Wednesday

Spirals, Fractals, and Music: The Same Only Different

Robert Krawczyk, Associate Professor of Architecture, IIT, Chicago

MTCC Auditorium, 3201 S. State Street

13 April 2011, Wednesday

Current Work

Christopher Lee, Principal, Johnson & Lee Architects

Location TBA

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Mar, 29, 2011,
3:51 PM

It’s Mies Week at IIT

Well, the party’s over but the fun continues as we honor Mies van der Rohe’s 125th birthday. Stop by the McCormick Tribune Campus Center for fun deals all this week.

The Pritzker Club will have a Mies-Prix-Fixe meal each day of the week. The $15 meals featuring German cuisine include soup, entree, and dessert.

The Global Grounds coffee shop in the MTCC will sell 10-ounce bags of Mies van der Roast coffee for $8 and 2-pound bags for $18.

The IIT Bookstore is offering 20% off all architecture titles and 20% off all Mies merchandise.

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Mar, 25, 2011,
7:48 PM

Mies’ 125th birthday

Mies’ birthday 125th birthday is upon us, and there are celebrations around the world.

If you happen to be in Berlin on Sunday (it could happen), check out this exhibit and performance at the Neue Nationalgalerie by combat-disco supergroup, Apparatjik, with a special appearance by the Discoball smartcar.

While you’re at it, stop by the Mies van der Rohe Haus to take in a stunning photography exhibit, “Ludwig Glaeser—Mies and his Archivist.”

Mies’ hometown of Aachen has several events planned, including several at the cathedral that was among his earliest influences.

Here in Chicago, online registration has closed for the Mies Society’s party on Monday, March 28th. We’re excited for a great crowd! But stragglers still have a chance to get in: Make a reservation via email or voicemail (312-567-5042), using a credit card. Or make your reservation and then bring a check to the party.

Photo credit: Daimler AG/Oliver Schenk

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