Created by architect Mies van der Rohe, developer Herbert Greenwald, planner Ludwig Hilberseim and landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, Lafayette Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of the excellence of its urban design and the quality of its community planning.
“You could reasonably say this would be a true example of new urbanism, build a village in a city and make it work.” -Jerry Herron, Director of American Studies, Wayne State University
During the Depression, the Roosevelt Administration built experimental new towns to address the problems of urban sprawl and lack of affordable housing. The planning principles involved, the effectiveness of the solutions, and the state of the towns today are the subject of this documentary. Narration by Glory Southwind, past president of the National New Deal Preservation Association, who grew up in one of the towns.
Mies van der Rohe’s European residential masterpiece, built in 1930 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. The story of this house is told by a daughter of the family, art historian Daniella Hammer-Tugendhat and architects who have visited the house, which is now being restored.