Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on March 27th, 1886 in Aachen, Germany. He died on August 17th, 1969 in Chicago.
Mies van der Rohe was one of the American Modernism movements most influential personalities.
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Germany in 1886. As a result of time spent working
under the influence of Peter Behrens, Mies developed a design approach based on advanced
structural techniques and Prussian Classicism. Famous for the phrase “less is more,” he fostered a
style of architecture based on material honesty and structural integrity. Over the last twenty years
of his life, Mies achieved his vision of a monumental ‘skin and bone’ architecture, his later works
embodying the idea of universal, simplified architecture.
His major works include amongst others: Werkbund Exposition and Apartments: Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927; H.Langer House, Krefeld, Germany, 1928; German Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain, built 1928-1929, demolished 1930; Tugendhat House, Brno, Czech Republic, 1930; Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, 1946-1950; Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Chicago, Illinois, 1948- 1951; Crown Hall (IIT), Chicago, Illinois, 1950-1956; Seagram Building, New York, 1954-1958; New National Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 1962-1968.
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Mies van der Rohe Society
(Fundació Mies van der Rohe)
The Fundació Mies van der Rohe was set up in 1983 by the Barcelona City Hall with the initial purpose of reconstructing the German Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.
Besides conserving and disseminating knowledge about the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, the Fundació today also fosters debate on and awareness of themes related to contemporary architecture and urban planning, as well as encouraging studies on the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and on the Modern Movement. In accordance with these objectives, the Fundació organises awards, congresses, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and installations.
Outstanding among these activities is the organisation, jointly with the European Commission, of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, one of the most prestigious of all European architecture prizes.
(Source: Mies van der Rohe Foundation Barcelona, Spain)
Mies van der Rohe Foundation Barcelona (Fundació Mies van der Rohe)