Architecture: Affirming the Absolutes

It was enough to make an old patriarch sorrow for his erring sons. In FORTUNE last month, Manhattan Architect Philip Johnson, a onetime disciple, had said: "This is still a period of disintegration in all the arts. There's no particular advantage to chaos, but that's where we are." Added Chicago Architect Harry Weese: "Mies continues to be our conscience, but who listens to his conscience these days?" With his 80th birthday approaching and an exhibition of his drawings on view at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, Chicago's German-born Ludwig Mies van der...

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