Learning From The Master #5 – Mies Van De Rohe

“So we shall emphasize the organic principle of order as a means of achieving the successful relationship of the parts to each other and to the whole. And here we shall take our stand. The long path from material through function to creative works has only a single goal: to create order out of the desperate confusion of our time.” (Mies, 1947)

For the 12th April 2015, from 10.00 – to 12.00. Omah kindly present one class for learning from master Ludwig Mies Van De Rohe hosted by Ivan Kurniawan Nasution, architect who was known for his quote, “Less is More”. Mies was accused of the plague of the modern movement in architecture. Particularly by Charles Jencks and Robert Venturi, Mies was claimed as “farcical” and dangerous; reductive and boring; the murderer of ornaments; apolitical, verge on fatalism that led him to accepting Nazism. Venturi critised his approach to the famous “less is bore”, oversimplifying things and could not recognize the complexity of the world. However, on the other hand, Mies’s approach was highly influential during 40s, 50s and beyond. Later this influence gave birth to the so-called International Style. The lecture, however, did not aim to defend Mies from all the accusation, rather aim to revisit his architectural and urban ideas. The lecture will discuss about four Mies’s ideas, namely(1) Clarity of Structure,
(2) Almost nothingness,
(3) The Plinth and the Grid, and
(4) Architecture Common Language.The use of text and architectural projects in the lecture will reveal the legacy of Mies in today’s architecture and urban design practice.This class will be hosted by Ivan Kurniawan Nasution who graduated from ITB Architectre. He worked for Park + Associates before continuing his post graduate studies at Berlage Institute Rotterdam. Currently he works as research assistant in Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities, NUS, and co Founder and editor of Ruang MagazineWe gladly welcome all of the restless spirits to join all the lectures and to exchange ideas and thoughts about the topics. This free short course will only provide 25 seats maximum [because of the limited space in one small building] ; Please kindly send email to omahlibrary.reservation@gmail.com for RSVP.

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