Mies Van Der Rohe / A Poem of Glass and Steel

Filmmaker Ryan Clancy takes us inside Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood, home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Primarily known for being the largest collection of Mies Van Der Rohe designed homes in the world, Detroit’s Lafayette Park is usually the subject of Architectural interest, leaving little said about its socioeconomic climate. This project narrates the experience of living in an iconic and rapidly changing neighborhood. The area has been influenced by a grim past and faces an uncertain future, making this footage a valuable documentation of a fragile moment in time. As a result, “A Poem of Glass and Steel” questions the worth and sustainability of beauty and community.


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