Mies van der Rohe Expanded

Title: Books and Architecture
Institution: Yale School of Architecture
Year: 2013
Participants:

Just as we acquaint ourselves with materials and just as we understand functions, we must become familiar with the psychological and spiritual factors of our day. No cultural activity is possible otherwise; for we are dependent on the spirit of our time.Therefore we must understand the motives and forces of our time and analyze their structure from three points of view: the materials, the functional and the spiritual. We must make clear in what respects our epoch differs from others and in what respects it is similar.
— Mies van der Rohe

Expand was an experiment to test the above statement by adding documentation (images and/or texts) to expand Werner Blaser’s book Mies van der Rohe (1972, Praeger) beyond its original dimensions, both literally and figuratively. Each seminar member was responsible for expanding one section of the book, divided more-or-less by chronology.