Jan, 24, 2011,
5:55 PM

The preservation twilight zone

In a recent article in Period Homes magazine by Mies Society member, Patricia Joseph, reveals what she refers to as the “preservation twilight zone” between mere maintenance of a 48-year-old apartment building and careful restoration of architecturally significant work.

Joseph is a resident of Mies’ last residential building, 2400 Lakeview, which was built in 1963.

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Jan, 21, 2011,
6:11 PM

Mies in the News

The Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart has taken first prize in the architectural planning competition “Plus-Energy House with Electromobility” issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development. The proposed design was developed by an interdisciplinary team directed by Werner Sobek, who is the Mies van der Rohe Professor at IIT’s College of Architecture.

Gary Comer College Prep on Chicago’s South Side was named one of Architectural Record’s Schools of the 21st Century. Located in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, Comer Prep was designed by John Ronan, Associate Professor at the College of Architecture at IIT.

Grassroots efforts on and off campus are trying to save the Bookstore at North Carolina State University. Designed by Mies student, G. Milton Small, Jr., and completed in 1960, the building heralded the rise of the university’s School of Design to national prominence.

Remember that cool house in the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? It’s for sale. Built in 1953 by Mies students A. James Speyer and David Haid, the house takes advantage of the dramatic ravines of Highland Park. Ferrari not included.

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Jan, 21, 2011,
2:21 PM

Last year, the Mies Society hosted Scott Thomas, former National Design Director of New Media for the Obama presidential campaign (and designer of our new website). He spoke about Mies and Chicago’s architecture—and how both influenced the visual design of the campaign. Here’s what Scott had to say about Architecting Change.

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Jan, 19, 2011,
4:43 PM

A New Look at Spiritual Spaces

Mark your calendars for a truly unique Mies Society event.

A New Look at Spiritual Spaces

Sunday, Feburary 13

3-5 p.m.

Conceived by artist Jaimie Henthorn, this event seeks to relate the human body to the built environment.

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, will share insights into designing for sacred spaces, including recent work for the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston.

Aerialist Elena Brocade will perform in Carr Chapel, bringing unexpected perspectives to Mies’ only religious building.

The event begins in the Pritzker Club at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

Tickets include lecture, performance, and refreshments. $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

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