Marianne Burkhalter Christian Sumi

Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969)
Constellations and stretching

Work in progress

Rectangles (Slabs) and (double) squares (pavilions) are the basis of Mies van der Rohe's urbain projects after 1950. The figures remind us of the constellations of Hans Richter's film «Rhythmus» from 1921: Pavilions and slabs stand in a "floating" relation to each other like the words in concrete poetry, see Eugen Gomringer: "Vom Vers zur Konstellation" becomes "from Context to Constellation".

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Similar volumes are stretched in size up to three times. The analytical drawings show the shift from a more horizontal (square) to vertical extension of the different slabs. This might create the inner, spacial tension of this constellations in Montreal, Chicago and Toronto - a question to analyse more deeply. For this see also the study of Rudolf Arnheim (relating to Franz Knubel) of musical intervalls shifting from 2:1 to 1:2, discussed by Martin Steinmann relating to the theme of "La forme forte" 2003.

The last image shows the comparison of a tower from the early fifties in Moscow - a completly different tectonic as starting point for further studies.

Drawings by students of the Seminar «a week with Christian Sumi» IUAV 2019 and Katrin Kaltenbrunner (burkhalter sumi)

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