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  • Atelier Manferdini, "Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture."
    chicago ILLINOIS

    Italian-born, Los Angeles-based architect Elena Manferdini has become adept at creating vibrant architectural installations that employ complex patterns, luscious colors, and rich textures to introduce new spatial and visual narratives that challenge the clean lines and abstract forms of architectural modernism.

    exhibition: “Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture.”
    Saturday, 03/07 – Sunday 09/20 // Gallery 286
    Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60603

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  • F-Lab, Beinahe Alles.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Heather FLOOD (principal, F-Lab): In 1951 Mies Van der Rohe completed the Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, Illinois. The slenderness of the structural frame afforded by the Chicago skeleton in combination with the transparency of the envelope afforded by the curtain wall allowed Mies to push architecture towards his ideal of “Beinahe Nichts” or “Almost Nothing.” This proposal seeks to re-frame the envelope of the tower typology toward an architecture of “Beinahe Alles” or “Almost Everything.” Instead of focusing on the singular objective of transparency, Beinahe Alles, proposes a thick skin that through excessive materialization produces a wide range of performance and atmospheric effects.

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  • iit campus
    1956

    mies VAN DER ROHE’S design for the campus culminates in crown hall where he showcased his mastery of steel and glass to create a truly modern space.

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  • lake shore drive apartments
    1949

    the twins sit along the lake with their stunning apartments taking full advantage of the view.

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  • farnsworth house
    1951

    mies VAN DER ROHE’S built essay on contemporary living still packs a punch with its glass walls and views across the landscape.

  • federal center
    1964

    the complex by MIES VAN DER ROHE puts the short us post office in dialogue with the taller kluczynski and dirksen buildings. The complex also includes a large outdoor sculpture by picasso.

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  • seagram building
    1957

    mies VAN DER ROHE’S masterpiece set the tone for good and bad for the next half of corporate towers. Philip Johnson designed the four seasons restaurant at the base.

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  • mies in america
    2003

    harry n abrams: this major study of one of the 20th century’s greatest architects reevaluates the entire body of ludwig mies van der rohe’s work in america. based on considerable new research and bringing to light previously unstudied material-drawings and collages, photographs, project documents, and oral histories-mies in america presents fresh, original, and corrective interpretations of the architect’s achievements. the book includes nine essays that together offer a portrait of mies’s evolution as an artist. packed with more than 550 illustrations, the book looks beyond mies’s most famous architectural triumphs, from the iit campus in chicago to the seagram building in new york, to probe the relationship between a seminal body of work and its cultural context.

  • mies in berlin
    2002

    museum of modern art, new york: this in-depth look at mies van der rohe’s early career is the first to examine the architect’s work in europe in terms of its specific historical and cultural contexts, rather than the more formal arguments of the international style.

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