Mies van der Rohe & Detroit

Monday, October 18, 2010
Posted in category Detroit

Last week the New York Times published an interactive feature on the Lafayette Park Residential Community in Detroit which was designed by Mies van der Rohe, the German-American who was among the pioneers of modern architecture. The photos are spectacular. Van der Rohe also designed the 22-story Lafayette Towers Apartments East. Both sit just around the corner from where I work. I take afternoon walks (and runs) through this community area. This is one of the many unique features of Detroit that outsiders do not get to see because it ain’t burnt out. Mies was very Randianesque, though she (Ayn Rand) reportedly dissed international style modernism.

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3 Responses to Mies van der Rohe & Detroit

  1. Iluvatar says:

    October 18th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Ayn was actually an Existentialist who did not know it and attempted to create her own philosophy. Sorry, Ayn you are super superb – but you gotta join the already extant crowd here.

    Makes me wonder what truly separates the Transcendentalists (Thoureau, et alii) from the Existentialists, btw.

    I can’t see much difference.

    But wait a sec!

    Didn’t I just say that I don’t see much difference between the mystics of ALL religions????

    Having a connection to your god-cencept is the best thing on Earth!

    Ummmmm… We call that heaven btw.

    Was that why Ridley Scott’s movie was called “Kingdom of Heaven”???

    This dude is surprisingly SNEAKY.

    Sort of like jesus.

    I continue to feel sorry for Meister Eckhart though – dude went through some major torture (spiritually) becoming the major Christian mystic of recent time.

    Dude had to invent the notion of a “god-head” to sort it all out – how painful – and how unnnecessary.

    Tant pis…

    Enjoy your walks fellas, great fat-burning exercise.

    But think upon these things as you do – the TRUE reality is right around the corner…

  2. Iluvatar says:

    October 20th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    That last post had a double entendre in it and WAS COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC – apologies to the respected members of this site – my most humble apologies. It is what you call a “curve ball” segue. It was also a very sloppy written post (as most of mine are as I rush it and can’t compose correctly as there are 20+ point themes racing through my brain as I sturuggle to type w/ a broken hand (OK forget the broken hand bit – I wouldn’t be able to do it w/ a good hand), can’t type NOR can I compose my thoughts on the fly – didn’t do it well in grad school – don’t do it now)

    But after the stress of the recent posts as well as this foreclosure meltdown happening right now, perhaps a bit of levity.

    “Right around the corner” is a double entendre due to the band Journey – BEFORE they went power-Pop. Band came from Carlos Santana’s band – indeed, Neil Schon (guitarist) was Carlos’s protege! Gregg Rolie (vocalist/keyboards) was also from Carlo’s band. Ansley Dunbar hailed from Frank Zappa’s machine. You can find them here:


    You can find the the phrase “right around the corner here” here, Journey’s 2nd album:


    Apologies, folks – could not get a live video feed.

    But key songs comes from their 1st album: Kohoutek, Topaz.

    All of this was before they went power Pop w/ the advent of Steve Perry (majorly Yestrogen based singer). Stopped buying them soon after.

    Awhile ago we discussed the southwest and the art there and all the “religion” going down there.

    Here is another religion – Kansas, album 2 “Song For America”, song: Incomudro – Hymn to the Atman:


    older (dying) is ONLY going BACK to where from where you ARE from…”

    This is before they became a useless Power Pop band, too.

    But it highlights a feeling of our becoming connected to our earth and our god-concepts – of becoming a more aware population.

    Stop praying to the altar of consumerism – please become real!

    It is not as hard as you might think!

    PS: And then! you might actually vote me in as president for 2012 (still working on my platform – grin!).

    Just re-read this over – son of a gun! – actually looks coherent! What a change!

    Working on those papers next tho’…

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