The Heritage of Mies





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Mies van der Rohe’s built work covers a timeframe of over 60 years, including two world wars and several revolutionary events in the history of architecture. The extraordinary architect has influenced 20th century architecture worldwide like few others have. In the context of several restoration projects, the time has come to review the condition of his buildings: Is their materiality as timeless as their appearance? Did his constructions, which are of sometimes an experimental nature, prove to be sustainable, or did they fall into disrepair? How can Mies van der Rohe buildings be documented, repaired, restored, reconstructed, without losing the characteristic details of his work, and in order to preserve the architectural integrity and relevance of the Mies van der Rohe's oeuvre?

How to Cite

Hanenberg, N., Lohmann, D., & Raabe, C. (2017). The Heritage of Mies. Docomomo Journal, (56), 4–5.






Author Biographies

Norbert Hanenberg, RWTH Aachen University

Architecture Studies at RWTH Aachen and University of the Arts in Berlin. Freelance architect since 2005 in Vienna (until 2014) and Aachen. Scientific researcher and lecturer for Design and Construction at RWTH Aachen University (2001-2013). Professor for Design and Construction at OWL University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Germany (2015-2016). Professor for Design and Construction at THM University of Applied Sciences in Gießen, Germany (since 2016).

Daniel Lohmann, TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences

Architecture studies at RWTH Aachen and Edinburgh College of Art. Freelance architect in documentation and conservation since 2004. Research grant of the German Archaeological Institute (2006-2009). PhD degree from BTU Cottbus University (2015). Scientific researcher and lecturer for conservation and documentation at RWTH Aachen University (2009-2017). Professor for the History of Architecture at TH Koeln University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany (since 2017).

Christian Raabe, RWTH Aachen University

Architecture studies at Technical University of Berlin. PhD from RWTH Aachen University in 2007, where he is Full Professor for Historic Building Conservation and Research at the Faculty of Architecture. Scientific researcher and assistant professor at the Institute for History of Construction at the University of Cottbus (1993-1994). Lecturer at the International Film School in Cologne (1998-2002), and at the Berlin University of Applied Science (2001-2004). Founder and practicing architect at Abri+Raabe Architekten, since 1994, in partnership Martina Abri. Development of several conservation projects, such as the restoration of different Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s architectural works. He has received the Schinkel Award by the Association of Architects and Engineers in Berlin (1997), and the Borchers Plaque by the RWTH Aachen University (2009).