Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies


Author Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, Natasha Candani (Editor)
Publisher Metropolis Books
Date 2012
Cover Paperback
Dimensions 6.5 x 9.5 in., 288 pages
Lafayette Park, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, an affordable middle-class residential area in downtown Detroit, is home to the largest collection of buildings 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. Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies  examines the way that Lafayette Park residents confront and interact with this unique modernist environment. While 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.