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


This inspiring volume from Metropolis Books captures the convivial atmosphere at Detroit's Lafayette Park, a housing development designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, an intriguing glimpse of how personal style rarely conforms to strict Modernism. 

Lafayette Park, a 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.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, it remained one of Detroit's most racially integrated and economically stable neighborhoods, although it was surrounded by evidence of a city in financial distress.

Through interviews with and essays by residents, reproductions of archival material: new photographs by Karin Jobst, Vasco Roma and Corine Vermeulen, and previously unpublished photographs by documentary filmmaker Janine Debanné, Thanks for the View, Mr.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.

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 in which the people who live in Lafayette Park actually use the architecture and how this experience, in turn, affects their everyday lives. 

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

Paperback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 304 pgs / illustrated throughout.