Thanks for the view, Mr. Mies (Detroit, 2009) is a series of portraits of residents in their living rooms in the Lafayette Park neighborhood of downtown Detroit, home to the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe-designed buildings in the world. While much has been written about Mies’s life and work, the purpose of this series is to focus attention on the community of people who live in his buildings and the way this utopian mid-20th century urban renewal project has successfully survived and adapted to present-day conditions in Detroit. Rather than focusing on the starck interior spaces and austere exteriors that one might expect to see in photographs of iconic modernist architecture, these portraits seek to show the organic and idiosyncratic ways that people live in Lafayette Park.

The photographs were made in collaboration with the group Placement, and published in their book 'Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies' (Metropolis Books, 2012).

For more images + audio, see the interactive feature: 'Living Rooms With a View'

    Melissa and Noah, 2009

    Sylvia, 2009

    Bill, 2009

    Danielle and Jonathan, 2009

    Keira, 2009

    Wesley, 2009

    Karen and Jerome, 2009

    Pauline and Joe, 2009

    Marsha, 2009

    Tony, 2009

    Beverly and Richard, 2009

    Lafayette Park Towers, 2009

    Toysia, 2009

    Matt, 2009

    Kevin and Vanessa, 2009

    Jaqueline, 2009

    Gabrielle, 2009

    Joe, 2009

    Jimm, 2009

    Ms Cunningham, 2009

    Will and Jasmine, 2009