I just finished Franz Schulze’s Mies van der Rohe:  A Critical Biography.  It’s a fascinating book that delivers on its title’s promise:  telling the basic story of Mies’s life, and offering what I assume is expert opinions on the quality of his work.  I come away able to talk with your average man about the massing of rectilinear forms, which should come in handy someday, right?

I’m not a huge fan of modern architecture, but Schulze makes a fine case that Mies stands nearly alone in making it work, while his imitators ensure that it doesn’t.

Anyway, I like this one.

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