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Mies van der Rohe panel discussion film, 2004

Identifier: 006.06.14

Film titled "Panel Discussion of the Mies van der Rohe Documentary - Regular or Super." This panel was hosted by The Mies van der Rohe Society, that followed the Chicago premier of Joseph Hillel and Patrick Demers' film "Regular or Super - Views on Mies van der Rohe."

The panel consisted of Edward Lifson, Stanley Tigerman, Fred Camper, and Gene Summers with brief remarks by Lew Collens (president of Illinois Institute of Technology) and Donna Robertson (dean of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology).

Panelists discuss the film and various topics related to Mies and his associates as follows: Joe Fujikawa, Edward Duckett, the Commons Building, Rem Koolhaas and the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, S. R. Crown Hall, mass, space, details, and proportion, low pavilion building type, Henry Crown's funding of Crown Hall, an anecdote about reducing the height of Crown Hall to cut costs (Summers), Mies as an "artist" (Summers); office practices, full-scale models, Crown Hall restoration plans, anecdote about Mies' library (Summers), Mies' "world vision" as reflected in Carr Memorial Chapel (Tigerman), buildings in the landscape, Mies' "presence" (Summers).

Audience questions resulted in discussions of architectural preservation, the reconstructed Barcelona Pavilion, the altar and cross in Carr Memorial Chapel, monumentality of Mies buildings, heating system in the 860-880 buildings, the "greening" of Crown Hall restoration and window replacement, Mies' residential development projects, an anecdote about selecting construction materials.

Filmed and produced by Dan Kuruna for The Mies van der Rohe Society, November 30, 2004, at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago; 55 minutes.


  • Creation: 2004


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Film

Biographical Note

The Mies van der Rohe Society was launched Nov. 19, 2002 by Illinois Institute of Technology and dedicated to the renewal and preservation of Illinois Tech's historic campus. The Society is designed to raise funds for the renovation of the university's Mies-designed academic buildings beginning with S.R. Crown Hall, Wishnick Hall, and Carr Chapel. Justine Jentes served as the Society's founding director until June 2013. Source: IIT Archives (Chicago)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2004.067

Related Material

See list in 2006.024


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 1/4/2005

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