Iconic Architecture for the Masses

The Farnsworth House is an iconic masterpiece of the International Style of Architecture. It was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth and designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945-51. Now a joint venture between A Mies for All (AMFA) and Lexington, Ky.–based design and research studio Filson and Rohrbacher want to create a kit that would give anyone the opportunity to build their own Farnsworth House using local labor. In a day and age where open source design and access to everything under the sun is becoming the norm, one has to wonder if we are ripping off Mr. Mies or honoring his ideas.