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]

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~ by Ross Wolfe on October 25, 2010.

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