Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s “Policy of the Stuttgart Exhibition” (1927)
Translated from the German by Philip
Johnson. From Mies van der Rohe.
(Museum of Modern Art. New York, NY: 1947).
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[Foreword to the official catalog of the Werkbund Exposition Weissenhofsiedlung at Stuttgart, of which Mies was the Director.]
The problem of the modern dwelling is primarily architectural, in spite of its technical and economic aspects. It is a complex problem of planning and can therefore be solved only by creative minds, not by calculation or organization. Therefore, I felt it imperative, in spite of current talk about “rationalization” and “standardization,” to keep the project at Stuttgart from being one-sided or doctrinaire. I have therefore invited leading representatives of the modern movement to make their contributions to the problem of the modern dwelling.
I have refrained from laying down a rigid program in order to leave each individual as free as possible to carry out his ideas. In drawing up the general plan I felt it important to avoid regulations that might interfere with free expression.
[From Bau and Wohnung, 1927]