Dec, 13, 2010,
6:12 AM

Announcing….Our new website!

We are delighted to present our new website. Check it out! The site houses exclusive information about Mies’ influence and his work. Detailed building “biographies” feature sketches, models, and 3-D renderings of modernism’s most important structures. Gorgeous, immersive photography showcases the buildings Mies designed as well as portraits of the architect himself.

In addition to digging deep into Mies’ life and work, when you visit the site you can:

·  Browse the titles on Mies’ bookshelf and read his speeches;

·  Track progress on building restoration efforts and support the organization by becoming a member;

·  Sign up for an architectural tour of the IIT campus;

·  Shop for Crown Hall coasters created by Chicago-based textile designer, Noel Ashby;

·  Register for events—like Mies’ 125th birthday party. Scheduled for March 28, 2011, this annual event promises to be another interactive, martini-fueled experience. Wright auction house will demonstrate how to spy authentic Mies furniture among the imposters;

·  Learn about exhibits, lectures, and performances at S.R. Crown Hall. Recent events have featured the work of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance, Aaron Siskind, and Andy Warhol.

The website was designed by Scott Thomas, who embraced the Miesian values of openness and transparency. Thomas, who works under the name SimpleScott, was the design director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His book about the process, Designing Obama, and an iPad application, were released this fall. He is a founding member of The Post Family, an artists’ collective in Chicago.

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Dec, 7, 2010,
6:54 PM

The MiesSociety.org Launch Party

Come celebrate the new miessociety.org at our Launch Party. Have a cocktail, chat with the web design team and mingle with other Mies enthusiasts. The event is hosted at the Post Family/SimpleHonestWork studio space (pictured below). Find more details about the event on The Happenings page

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Dec, 3, 2010,
4:28 PM

Watch William H. Whyte’s infamous documentary, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, which focuses on the Seagram Plaza and its effect on our behavior. 

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Dec, 3, 2010,
4:20 PM

Living with Mies

A recent article in the New York Times goes inside daily life at Lafayette Park, a residential development in Detroit that Mies designed in the late 1950s.

Comprised of high rise buildings and townhouses, Lafayette Park represents the largest collection of Mies-designed buildings in the world and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Turns out, Mies was in good company at Lafayette Park: Ludwig Hilbersheimer served as the development’s urban planner and Alfred Caldwell was the landscape designer. Mies’ frequent collaborator Herb Greenwald developed the district.

Among the residents are a family that blogs about life in Detroit, raising kids, and living in a Mies building.

Read another article about Lafayette Park in the Wall Street Journal here.

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