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Chance Ellison ARC 160 Prof. Ashley Simone 7/2/17 An Architect’s Muse (Or Rather His Mies): What do The Cubs, deep dish pizza, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe all have in common? They have all had a big influence on the city of Chicago. Now while an essay about baseball and pizza would be entertaining as well as fun, I am here to talk about German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. There were 4 architects who are regarded as the pioneers of modernist architecture Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Over a career that spanned 60 years Mies philosophy of “architecture as a language” helped to design a vocabulary that helped define mid- century to modern architecture, and his influence is still felt 1
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even to this day. I previously cited Chicago as a place where his influence is felt. That is because Mies helped design multiple buildings that make up Chicago’s skyline. His style was actually so
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