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Advanced Topics in Modern Architecture: Mies van der Rohe and the Architecture of Capitalism

ARC 575

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Recent monographs and thematic studies have shaped our understanding of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's life and work, yet the last archival discoveries and interpretations inspire a different view of the architect's trajectory. Often seen as a lonesome, misanthropic figure, Mies's worked as a professional architect with an extreme artistic and intellectual ambition, deeply engaged in the capitalist modernization of two metropolises: Berlin, where his provocative manifestos of the 1920s elucidate his built work, and Chicago, where his refinement of paradigmatic structure types characterized his second, American, career in the 1950s.
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