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The beginning of modern architecture.

In early June, 1903, in the shade of a grand, old Elm tree, the great architect, Daniel H. Burnham, took me and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe aside, from the rest of the Arch101 class, (he must have seen something special in each of us) and he explained the very essence of how to go about designing a building. He said, "Find a point. Stretch it to draw a line. Stretch the line to outline a square. Stretch the square to form a cube. Stretch the cube in any way that you want to." He made it sound so easy! Well, as you all know, Mies caught the drift. As for me, I still wonder whether either one of them noticed the Robin's nest above our heads - the babies were so cute!


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