Prof. Aubert co-edits book about Lafayette Park
The Detroit News, WDET-FM 101.9, 10/17
"Book tells Lafayette Park's special tale"
by Sebastian Hofer
Hardly anyone knows much about Lafayette Park. A new book published this week — "Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies" (Metropolis Books, $29.95) — is set to change that. Edited by graphic designers Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani, it tells the story of Lafayette Park and its residents in 300 luscious pages of photos, interviews, essays, historical exhibits, lists of associated celebrities (including Berry Gordy, techno producer Carl Craig and former Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh) and a fair share of quirkiness (animal sightings, heating patterns, random walks).
Model D Media, 10/16
"Mr. Mies' neighborhood"
by Matthew Piper
If you're unfamiliar with Detroit's Lafayette Park, the singular, mid-century modern neighborhood just east of Greektown, you're not alone. Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit is an indispensable new book about what it means to live there. The book is available starting Oct. 17, at the Source Booksellers, 4201 Cass Ave. A book launch party at Signal-Return (1345 Division St.) is Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward) will host a panel discussion between the editors, Marsha Music, and Joe Posch, moderated by Robert Fishman. Finally, there will be author readings at Book Beat in Oak Park at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Book Beat is at 26010 Greenfield Rd.
New York Times, 10/3
Home Sweet Architectural Masterpiece
In their new book Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies, which is due out at the end of the month, the editors Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani, graphic designers all, offer a portrait of Detroit's Lafayette Park very different from the classic Mies monograph. Contents include interviews with residents of Lafayette Park’s towers and town houses; archival materials from the complex’s history; an account of nine days spent trying to climate-control a corner apartment; and essays on Mies in Detroit.
Times Magazine (New York Times), 9/25
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies explores how Modernist architecture improves lives in the Lafayette Park section of Detroit, which has the world’s largest concentration of Mies van der Rohe buildings.