Sunday, May 01, 2005

Filial Piety Gone Awry

Apparently the grandson of the late architect Mies van der Rohe, Dirk Lohan, bid almost $3000 to smash a window at Crown Hall, the main building of Mie's IIT architecture school, The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Take That, Grandpa. I can understand the drama of the moment, but I think this takes the need to break with tradition a little too far. My grandfather is also an architect, who worked with Mies and some of the other German expats, but I would never dream of doing something like this. Then again, there would never be an eBay auction to smash any of Grandpa Landsberg's windows, perhaps fortunately.


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