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on April 7, 2017
Personally, I live in the Pavilion (of or Mr. Mies designs) so it was fascinating to read about the history of the Black Bottom/Lafayette Park area. This book is very eclectic in it's style. There are personal essays, letters, and history lessons scattered throughout the book.If you are interested in reading about the rise and fall of Detroit in a different light than the other post-apocalyptic books that people make Detroit out to be, check this book out.

Also, this book is definitely hip. It's also sold in the painfully expensive "Shinola" store in Detroit, so it's totally legit.
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on June 1, 2014
I was barely aware of Mies' work on Lafayette Park and this book was a pure joy to read. Hats off to the authors for a creative way of telling the story; or, rather, letting others tell their stories. I'm glad it wasn't just a book about the architecture, landscape, and site. There's a lot of that here, but the human stories of the occupants are what really sets this apart. More architecture books need that kind of perspective. Well done.
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on July 18, 2013
I bought this for my nephew but he was thrilled with it and said the book is a keeper and he just love it so I am happy I ordered it for him. :)
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on October 28, 2012
This unique book brings Lafayette Park to life. Besides being beautifully designed, the stories and interviews really shed light on this Detroit community and the man responsible for building it. The authors show a genuine curiosity and tenderness for their subjects and the writing is filled with curiosity. It's rare to see a book that works both visually (excellent photography and design) and is also so well written and edited in such an original way.
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on December 29, 2013
Seen from the user's perspective. always a useful thing, but it's largely anecdotal. Not a substantial or thorough survey. The interviews themselves are moderately informative but a more systematic work would have attempted to survey everyone on a standard series of questions that would have produced more data that in turn would have been more accurate. It's also impossible to compare the results with anything else so the developments of plan configuration, façade development, site planning landscaping and parking layout cannot be truly evaluated.
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on October 31, 2012
I agree that this book tells the end users' story in great detail ... and a "nice" history it is!
Unfortunately for a professional designer, urban planner or architect, It would have been nice to also learn the other half of the story .... some of Mies' sketches, models, drawings and details to understand what Mies wanted this housing project to be. I would also suggest that the book design is just average, and the photographs are more like snapshots from someone's point and shoot camera. If you are interested in the people who live at Detroit's Lafayette Park, the birds that have nested there, and photographs of the current occupants' living rooms ... this book is for you !
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on November 28, 2012
Real people living in ideal buildings designed by my fauvourite architect. Mies should be alive to see this.
An exhautive report of the living conditions in a planning neibourghood.
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