Saturday, May 12, 2007

A post without pictures

Circumstance required me to bike through the I.I.T. campus on this wonderful spring day, and I was shocked -- shocked by the dark, funereal beauty of the Mies Van Der Rohe buildings -- all stretched out in a line -- like the elements of a circuit board. (the place has a very high-tech vibe!)

Pictures can't do these buildings justice (which is why I'm not showing any)

Their proportions -- and relations to the surrounding space -- have to be felt on site -- and contrary to the impression that photographs had given me -- they aren't just glass-steel blocks that have been plunked on a lawn -- there's often a kind of chthonic interface -- so appropriate for the overall feeling of stately dirge.

And those damn glass boxes are dramatic ! Hung, as they are, from great, black steel lintels.

My eyes have suffered through so many cheap-ugly-minimalist office buildings -- I was all set to send Mies to Hell for setting the trend -- but now I am ready to issue a reprieve.

Less can be more -- even if it almost never is.


Anonymous marlyat2 said...

Nice to go away.

Nice to come back and find Chris wheeling through the world, liking and disliking and flinging his opinions.

May 14, 2007  

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