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Thanks for the View Mr.Mies: Lafayette Park

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Lafayette Park in downtown Detroit is home to the largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed buildings in the world. Although surrounded by evidence of a city in financial distress, it’s one of Detroit’s most racially integrated and economically stable neighborhoods. Through interviews with and essays by residents, reproductions of archival material, and new photographs by Karin Jobst, Vasco Roma, and Corine Vermeulen, as well as previously unpublished photographs by documentary filmmaker Janine Debanne, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies examines how Lafayette Park residents confront and interact with this unique modernist environment. This book is a counternarrative to the representation of iconic modernist architecture. Where others may focus on the design intentions of the architect, authors Aubert, Cavar and Chandani seek to show the organic and idiosyncratic ways that people who live in Lafayette Park actually use the architecture and how it, in turn, affects their everyday lives. While there are many publications about Detroit’s abandoned buildings and prosperous past, this book is about a remarkable part of the city as it exists today, in the twenty-first century.

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