Should We Build Designs From Dead Architects?



In 2021, Indiana University opened a new building for the Eskenazi School of Architecture, a 10,000 sf administrative space with offices and conference rooms. The floating white steel structure bears all the hallmarks of a building designed by Mies van der Rohe. That is because it was designed by Mies, sixty-five years earlier as a Pi Lamda Phi fraternity house. The largely forgotten design was rediscovered, redrawn by the firm Thomas Phiffer and Partners, and constructed with some modern updates, but mostly just as Mies would have wanted it. This video traces the evolution of this building’s design and construction all the while questioning the role of authorship and originality in Architecture.

Corrections:
01:09 Indiana University, not University of Indiana

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