Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies (Metropolis Books) illustrates life in the Lafayette Park neighborhood of downtown Detroit, home to the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe-designed buildings in the world. Here, we focus attention on the community of people who live in his buildings and attempt to open up a discussion between architecture connoisseurs and architecture users.
Most architectural publications glorify iconic architecture like Mies van der Rohe’s by showing photographs of buildings, mainly from the outside, and barely furnished interiors with hardly any people in them. Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies shows life in Lafayette Park from the inside out, taking the point of view of its homeowners, tenants, and staff — people with long-term, intimate knowledge of living with Mies.
While much has been written about Mies’s life and work, Lafayette Park has received relatively little attention. In this book we examine the way this utopian mid-20th century urban renewal project has successfully survived and adapted to present-day conditions in Detroit.
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies won AIGA's 50 Books / 50 Covers in Best Books category, 2012.