It has been said that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent working in America reflected his most consistent and mature efforts toward achieving his goal of a new architecture for the twentieth century. Focusing on this American period, Conversations with Mies van der Rohe, the latest addition to our Conversations series, gives fresh credence to this claim by presenting the architect's most important design concerns in his own words. In this collection of interviews Mies talks freely about his relationship with clients, the common language he aimed for in his architectural projects, the influences on his work, and the synthesis of architecture and technology that he advanced in his designs and built works.
Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes an important contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It presents a vivid picture of a master of modernism, bringing his artistic biography to a close while completing the scope of his style in terms of techniques, scale, use of materials, and typology. An essay by Inaki Abalos provides a context for these interviews and looks at Mies's legacy from a contemporary perspective.
Moises Puente is an architect and editor of the 2G International Architectural Review. He is currently a visiting professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture. His background includes: Independent architect, Barcelona (from 1997); Architect working for the Catalonian Government, Barcelona, (1997-1998); Architectural editor, Editorial Gustavo Gili/2G International Architectural Review, Barcelona (from 1998); Member of the architectural magazine Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme board, COAC, Barcelona, (2003 2005); visiting professor at the History of Architecture master, Barcelona School of Architecture, UPC (2006).
Inaki Abalos is a chaired Professor and Director of the master's program in environmental and landscape studies in the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.
William Stout Architectural Books:
"Focusing on his American period, this collection of interviews presents the architect's most important design concerns in his own words."
"Mies is at his best, laconic, stoical, stubborn, making importan[t] statements about architecture without waffle, self-importance or pompous affectation."
— Prof. Dr. Susanne Junker