Lafayette Park Case Study

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1.0 Introduction

This project deserves more recognition. As the first masterpiece of city revival plan, pull the Fiat Park residential area can be said which do not cross the advertised role for the development of city residence, built in the 50 years after the house into an indelible vitality also to the area of city development. It is the largest collection of buildings designed by Mies Van der Rohe in the world. Lafayette Park is the country's first planned city renewal project and has been one of the most complete realization of the mid twentieth Century and the most successful development of city renewal. The site is an excellent example of the ideal of "super block" urban planning, combining the principles of international style architecture
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It also has other Name is that Gratiot Redevelopment Area , it was built in 1956. Lafayette Park is a 78 acre urban renewal project based on a “superblock” plan devised by planner Ludwig Hilberseimer, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (also known simply as “Mies”), landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, and developer Harold Greenwald in the mid 1950s.

Ludwig Hilberseimer: born in 1885 and died in 1967, he was a German architect. He has two famous projects, they are Bauhaus and Mies Van der Rohe.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe : born in 1886 and died in 1969, a German-American architect.
Alfred Caldwell: born in 1903 and died in 1998, an American architect. He became famous by the landscape architect in Chicago.

Figure 4 Lafayette park site plan(detail) (resource:Neighboring and Boundaries in Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park, Detroit, Janine
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"Urban space context" is an important manifestation of the precious wealth and human spiritual sustenance endowed by nature and history. The city space context as the starting point of city characteristics, characteristics of the problem can be avoided in the city on the personal value of the limitations of subjective factors to remove the city characteristic cognition, study those factors closely related to the development and the characteristics of the city space. The city designers, is advocated in the section of concrete design, through research and analysis and system of "city space context", pay attention to maintain continuity in space and city culture, life in the design, in order to highlight the characteristics of the city to. In a word, this concept limits the problem of urban characteristics in the category of space as the basic research object, and has stronger guidance and operability for

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