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September 01, 2014


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I don't usually like modern architecture but Mies van der Rohe is a genius. I was sitting in Chicago's Federal Plaza [http://tclf.org/landscapes/federal-plaza] writing down notes. I looked around. Big deal. Black boxy buildings. Lump of metal in the middle (Calder's Flamingo). After a few minutes I realized how peaceful I felt. The proportions? The space? The sightlines? No idea, but the design was brilliant.


Was a genius, I guess. But lovely buildings.


Agreed. The Villa is a stunning example of how a building can make you feel.

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