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Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit
Nov 29, 2012 (6pm)

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Many architectural publications glorify iconic architecture through photographs of buildings taken from the outside or through images of sparsely furnished interiors devoid of people. Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies shows life in Lafayette Park—a collection of residential buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe in downtown Detroit—from the inside out and documents the point of view of its homeowners, tenants, and staff.

Graphic designers and co-editors, Danielle Aubert and Natasha Chandani, will speak about the new book, and contributor Noah Resnick will talk about the design and operation of the buildings’ grounds, designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, from his perspective as a Lafayette Park resident.

Danielle Aubert is a professor of graphic design at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 2008 she collaborated with Lana Cavar on the design for the book ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. More recently, she collaborated with Dutch designers Mevis and van Deursen on MEC (Steidl Press, 2010) about the work of artist Mary Ellen Carroll. Her work has appeared in various exhibitions and design publications, including Wired and Metropolis magazines. Her book 16 Months Worth of Drawing Exercises in Microsoft Excel was published in 2006 by Various Projects. Danielle holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University.

Natasha Chandani is based in New York City. She has worked on a number of publications with clients in the United States, the Netherlands, the UK and India. For several years she worked as a designer for the architecture publication Volume. She collaborated with Dutch designer Irma Boom on the design of Al Manakh (with editors Rem Koolhaas, Ole Bouman and Mark Wigley), a study of the current condition of the Gulf for the International Design Forum in Dubai, 2007. She most recently worked on American Craft magazine.

Noah Resnick currently teaches and practices in Detroit. He is the director of graduate architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy and a founding principal of uRbanDetail, an intimate research-based architecture and urban design studio that operates under the interrelated concepts of the architectonics of multiple scales; the architect as urban collaborator; and the architect as community builder. Noah earned his BArch from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and completed his Masters of Science in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies is co-edited by Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, Natasha Chandani and published by Metropolis Books, 2012.