Nov, 18, 2010,
6:59 PM

Mies van der Roast

More than 100 members of the IIT community turned out for a coffee tasting last month at Global Grounds to select a custom blend for the campus coffee shop. The winner was Mies van der Roast, a blend of a deep, creamy coffee from Southeast Asia and a bright and nutty coffee from South America. Together, these coffees create a savory and slightly sweet combination. Mies van der Roast will be served daily at Global Grounds. Provided by Crop to Cup Coffee Company, the coffee is 100% Arabica, fair trade, and roasted right here in Chicago. Crop to Cup sponsors IPRO 333: Building Communities through Coffee as part IIT’s innovative Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO), which groups students from varied disciplines and tasks them with solving real-world problems. The IPRO 333 team’s challenge is to design and build a coffee storage facility for family farmers in Uganda. IIT Dining Services is partnering with the team and Crop to Cup to serve their coffee at Global Grounds. Sales of Mies van der Roast will help the students raise money to fund a trip to Uganda.

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Nov, 4, 2010,
12:11 PM

Design Excellence at IIT

Congratulations to the students of IIT’s College of Architecture, whose Field Chapel in Baden, Germany was recognized by AIA Chicago with a Design Excellence Award.

Professor Frank Flury’s studio class designed—and built—the two-room chapel and its 30-foot tower.

AIA Chicago announced the award at their annual DesignNight event. Also recognized were works by Mies Society board members, Dirk Denison and Ron Krueck.

[photo by Brigida Gonzalez.]

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Oct, 25, 2010,
7:27 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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