Master Plans and Deviations. Mies van der Rohe’s involvement in urban development at Verseidag Krefeld and IIT Chicago
Norbert Hanenberg, Daniel Lohmann

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.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe, International Style, Rehabilitation of modern architecture, USA modern architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Verseidag Silk Factory.

Issue 56
Year 2017
Pages 26-33

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