Danielle Aubert Editor
Lana Cavar Editor
Natasha Chandani Editor
Metropolis Books, New York, 2012, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
6.5 x 9.5 inches, paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781935202929
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95

From the Publisher. 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of archival material; and new photographs by Karin Jobst, Vasco Roma, and Corine Vermeulen, and previously unpublished photographs by documentary filmmaker Janine Debanné, Thanks for the View, Mr.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.

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John Hill

It’s safe to say that the Lafayette Park housing development near downtown Detroit is not one of Mies van der Rohe’s more well-known works, but the treatment that it is given by the trio at Placement (in their first project) should change that and make it the most readily understood building in his oeuvre. This well-researched and designed compilation of all-new interviews, essays, and photographs, accompanied by archival material, paints a vivid picture not only of the buildings and landscapes but also of the residents and how they see and live at Lafayette Park. It’s an enlightening picture of a modernist oasis that is greatly appreciated and cared for by its residents.

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