Master Plans and Deviations. Mies van der Rohe's involvement in urban development at Verseidag Krefeld and IIT Chicago

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https://doi.org/10.52200/56.A.948U7VTJ

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

In the few written sources about Mies van der Rohe’s Krefeld silk factory, Verseidag (1930–1938), the urban layout and building design have been repeatedly compared with his Campus master plan for the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (IIT) (1939–41). New research based on rediscovered plan material from Krefeld allow for a detailed description of the historic development of the Verseidag plant, including the identification of master plans, later deviations and their abandonment. With this knowledge, a substantial comparison of the two projects may be established that shows surprisingly strong parallels both in their urban form and their later transformations.

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Hanenberg, N., & Lohmann, D. (2017). Master Plans and Deviations. Mies van der Rohe’s involvement in urban development at Verseidag Krefeld and IIT Chicago. Docomomo Journal, (56), 26–33. https://doi.org/10.52200/56.A.948U7VTJ

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2017-04-01

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).

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