What Mies van der Rohe firmly believed...

    I've heard people say - based on what I don't know - that Mies would have said it's okay to tear down the Test Cell he designed for the corner of his campus at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Those who say that are speculating. But here's something Mies did say, which is more reason to not tear down part of his work and then dilute the design of the campus:

    "I firmly believe a campus must have unity."
    -Mies van der Rohe

    He continued, "Allowing every building or group of buildings to be designed by a different architect is sometimes considered democratic, but from my point of view this is just an excuse to avoid the responsibility of accepting one clear idea.”

    "Responsibility" is a good word here.

    No one is against building a commuter train station here, but all around the Test Cell you find vacant land. Build the station right across the street from the Test Cell and you'll preserve the unique and exciting vistas and the experience of walking past buildings and walls designed by Mies van der Rohe, leading up to Crown Hall.

    Mies quotes from "Mies van der Rohe" by David Spaeth, p. 117.

    I have much more on the plans to demolish part of Mies van der Rohe's Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) here.

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