Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 Aachen - Chicago 1969) is one of the 20th century's outstanding architects and designers, whose creations changed the whole architectural language in Germany, even in the USA. His idea of functionality, formal lucidity, materiality and technical innovation are present in his constructions, also in Krefeld. For the textile Manufacturers Hermann Lange and Josef Esters he designed the houses Lange and Esters (1927/30) and for Verseidag the dye works building (1930/31).
The 9th krefelder architekturtage concentrate on the various functions fulfilled by the liaison between architecture and photography in Mies van der Rohe's work. Photography has a position of major importance in the publicity work for architectural practices. And this was already true for Mies van der Rohe, who worked with a number of photographers and agencies during his Berlin period from 1921 to 1938. But Mies also used the medium of photography during the draft stage of his buildings, particularly in photomontages that allowed him to simulate views of the surrounding countryside or the impression a new building would create in the cityscape.
The programme will be conducted in German language.