Shop > Artists' Books

Out of Stock
#11897

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit

Date
2012
Publisher
Metropolis Books
Format
Artists' Books
Size
6.5 × 9.5 inches
Length
288 pages
Genre
Essays, Architecture, Interview
Description

Edited and with text by Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, Natasha Chandani.

Lafayette Park, an affordable middle-class residential area in downtown Detroit, is home to the largest collection of buildings designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the world. Today, it is one of Detroit’s most racially integrated and economically stable neighborhoods, although it is surrounded by evidence of a city in financial distress. Through interviews with and essays by residents; reproductions of archival material; and new photographs by Karin Jobst, Vasco Roma, and Corine Vermeulen, and previously unpublished photographs by documentary filmmaker Janine Debanné, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies examines the way that Lafayette Park residents confront and interact with this unique modernist environment. Lafayette Park has not received the level of international attention that other similar projects by Mies have. This may be due in part to its location in Detroit, a city whose most positive qualities are often overlooked in the media. This book is a reaction against the way that iconic modernist architecture is often represented. Whereas other writers may focus on the design intentions of the architect, authors Aubert, Cavar and Chandani seek to show the organic and idiosyncratic ways that the people who live in Lafayette Park actually use the architecture and how this experience, in turn, affects their everyday lives. While there are many publications about abandoned buildings in Detroit and about the city’s prosperous past, this book is about a remarkable part of the city as it exists today, in the twenty-first century.

  1. Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies
 

Related Items

  1. Alexander Pilis: Parallax History: View BI - Oculus
  2. David Bradford: Ecstatic Essays No. 01: Nell Zink Is Damn Free
  3. Art and the F Word
  4. Stephen Wetzel: Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings
  5. Jenine Marsh: Ecstatic Essays No. 04: The Mastication of Alina Szapocznikow
  6. Lisa Robertson: Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture
  7. Pie in the Sky
  8. Osmos Magazine: Issue 06
  9. Henrik Schrat: Wild Things are Going to Happen

Dialogues with Dan Graham on Art, Architecture, & Shopping Malls
  10. Barbara Balfour: Behind the Restaurant, 2010
  11. Eric Tabuchi: A French American Trip
  12. Steven Zultanski: AGONY
  13. How to Write (more)
  14. Stephen Gill: Coming Up For Air
  15. Erik van der Weijde: Third Reich
  16. Yoko Ono: Spare Room
  17. Susanna Browne: Country War Songs
  18. Ian Wallace: The First documenta, 1955
  19. Emily Jacir & Susan Buck-Morss
  20. György Lukács

Notes on Georg Simmel’s Lessons, 1906/07, and on a “Sociology of Art,“ c. 1909
  21. Erkki Kurenniemi
  22. William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison:

The Refusal of Time
  23. Christoph Menke: Aesthetics of Equality
  24. Jalal Toufic: Reading, Rewriting Poe’s “The Oval Portrait“
  25. G.M. Tamás: Innocent Power
  26. Paul Ryan: Two Is Not a Number

A Conversation with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
  27. Péter György: The Two Kassels:

Same Time, Another Space
  28. Kenneth Goldsmith: Letter to Bettina Funcke
  29. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  30. Bernadette Corporation: The Complete Poem
  31. Angela Bulloch: Source Book 10
  32. Source Book 5 / 2008 Geoffrey Farmer
  33. David Benjamin Sherry: It’s Time