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Lafayette Park

‘Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies’ is an unusual portrait of Lafayette Park, a middle-class residential area in Detroit’s inner city that was designed in 1955 by the architect Mies van der Rohe, together with Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell, as a modern interpretation of the garden city. The focus of the three graphic designers who made the book, Aubert (Detroit), Cavar (Zagreb) und Chandani (Brook- lyn), however, is not on the architecture and planning of the area, but on its neighbourhood, which they spent three years observing. The authors, who met as students at Yale University School, capture the open, friendly atmosphere of the district’s diverse community with all its qualities and quirks. In doing so, they concentrate on the residents’ perspective, using essays, interviews and photo spreads to show that responsible architectural planning goes far beyond building units. The title can be understood in this sense as both an homage to Mies van der Rohe and his colleagues and an appeal to today’s generation of architects. AN

Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar,
Natasha Chandani (Editors)
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies:
Lafayette Park, Detroit
Metropolis Books, New York
288 pages
ISBN 978-1-935202-92-9 

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