Speeches

Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture

In 1956, the Reynolds Metals Company (best known as the manufacturers of Reynolds Wrap) produced a phonograph record on modern architecture featuring interviews with leading architects of the day. Listen as Mies van der Rohe and others discuss their work and the social role of our built environment. The text ...

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Commencement Speech

Note: The following transcription contains small sections of missing text where the audio tape fails. Ellipses have been used to indicate the inaudible portions of the address. Mies van der Rohe Commencement Address January 25, 1958 Some Thoughts On Civilization I will talk on civilization. But after a while I ...

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ID Merger Speech

Three addresses were given at the Blackstone Hotel on April 17, 1950 in celebration of the addition of the Institute of Design to Illinois Institute of Technology. Architecture and Technology Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Director, Department of Architecture Illinois Institute of Technology Technology is rooted in the past. It ...

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Crown Hall Dedication Speech

Dr. Rettaliata, As the architect of the building I have been asked to present to you the key of the building as it is often done at a dedication. Working here for so long, I could not help thinking that you, as the President of this Institute must have a ...

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Banquet Speech

To celebrate Mies' arrival at IIT, the Board of Trustees and the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects held a dinner in his honor at the Palmer House Hilton on October 21, 1938. After an introduction by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies elucidated his views on the power of ...

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