Mies van der Rohe’s 1941–45 Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Caanan, Connecticut: two haikus of glass and concrete that rewrote the history of modern residential architecture.
Much ink has already been spilled on the subject by critics and historians intent on deconstructing our notions of domesticity; however, these two masterpieces have also taken on lives of their own in the minds of countless artists, architects, and designers. They have inspired nearly 90 creations for an exclusive project with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, collected here in Modern Views.
Featuring an introduction by critic Paul Goldberger and essays by preservationist Phyllis Lambert and historian Sylvia Lavin; with contributions from David Adjaye, Tadao Ando, Michael Bierut, Mattia Bonetti, Peter Eisenmann, Norman Foster, Michael Graves, Zaha Hadid, Maira Kalman, Annie Leibowitz, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Cesar Pelli, Richard Rogers, James Rosenquist, David Salle, Frank Stella, and Rafael Viñoly, among others.
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