As we celebrate Mies’s 126th birthday, (March 27, 1886) we think of his legacy. If you’re a New Yorker (I mean by this more of a state of mind than regional location, really), the Seagram Building (built between 1954 and 1958) comes to mind. I first knew about that building through photographs, as an architecture student in Brazil, and admired its daringly elegant sense of proportion and its graphical quality (since that was basically what one could grasp in those days of pre-CAD animations). As students of architecture, we also knew about the radical ideas the building on Park Avenue embodied. That inspired us, as well.