Lesson / Koan : Etching is making a comeback.
On Monday (March 28), The Mies van der Rohe Society celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Mies’s birth with a bash at his Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Mies’s birthday is March 27, 1886.
Top 10 reasons to come to Mies’ birthday party @ Illinois Institute of Technology :
9. Pre-party! Our members-only reception starts at 5:15pm and features judging of our annual Mess With Mies sculpture competition.
8. The chance to purchase unique items like these gorgeous coasters and Mies van der Roast coffee.
7. Free parking! Also, easy access to CTA Green and Red Lines.
6. Awesome people-watching. Rub shoulders with Chicago’s architecture cognescenti, design illuminati, and future starchitects.
5. Custom-designed birthday cake from Tipsycake.
3. The chance to roam Crown Hall. When was the last time you hung out in one of the masterpieces of modern architecture?
2. Tickets are only 50 bucks. Or spring for our special-offer $125 ticket, and you’ll enjoy a one-year membership to the Mies Society at the Concrete level.
Here is one more idea for a gift to give a friend for Mies’s 125th birthday.
Chris Adamick & Piotr Woronkowicz have produced Skateboard decks with architectural forms etched into them.
Series of three skateboard decks. The design was achieved by scripting digits to create a halftone effect of famous images of utopian skyscrapers designed in the beginning of the century. The boards are made of 100% Bamboo.
The skateboard decks in the series are utopian Sky Scrapers that were never built by (1) Ralph Rudolph, (2) Mies Van der Roche, (3) Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mies would have been a skateboarder in his youth, right?
Friedrichstrasse Office Building
1921 - 1921
Although it was never built, Mies’ design for the Friedrichstrasse Office Building remains one of the most important buildings in 20th century architecture. This design was Mies’ submission to the Friedrichstrasse architecture competition. Besides breaking several rules dictated in the guidelines, Mies presented a radical, unimaginable concept to the committee: a skyscraper made entirely of glass and steel. The design didn’t win, much less receive an official mention.