Friday Faceoff: Van der Rohe vs. Johnson

Can you believe it’s been over 2 1/2 years since the last Faceoff Friday match? Today Faceoff Friday makes its triumphant return with the battle between two giant architects.

Who would win? Mies van der Rohe or Philip Johnson

Both were arguably among the most powerful men on planet Earth during their tenure. I think Mies would win. He was a lot bigger than Johnson and would crush his fragile bones to a pulp. Can anyone give a good case for Philip Johnson winning?

Past Faceoff Friday events
Merlin the Magician vs. Crossbowman Blue 7/13/07 (first Friday Faceoff)
ghost with chain vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex 7/20/07
Mohawk-wearing Native American vs. Three-headed dog 7/27/07
Optimus Prime from the 2007 Transformers movie vs. Megatron from the 1986 Transformers movie 8/3/07
pig or Patrick with a knife 8/10/07
Leonardo da Vinci vs. Albert Einstein 8/24/07
blob dude holding clock vs. blob tape dispenser dude 8/31/07
black piece vs. silver piece 9/7/07
iron vs. wheelbarrow vs. dog vs. cannon vs. car vs. top hat vs. shoe vs. battleship vs. thimble 9/14/07
football vs. baseball 9/21/07
Jokey Smurf vs. Smurfette in a car vs. Smurf with spear 9/28/07
Pencil robot vs. rocket robot 10/12/07
fighting chicken vs. man with barrel of monkeys 10/26/07
The Grinch vs. Scrooge 12/21/07

My favorite is when I gave Patrick from (Spongebob Squarepants) a knife to battle in his faceoff. Classic.
The most popular Friday Faceoff is the Monopoly Piece Faceoff with over 44,000 hits.

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Matt Maldre
13 years ago

What? Mies van der Rohe will just stand around smoking a cigarette. No, in fact, he will just sit smoking. Mies doesn’t move, he just sits. Philip Johnson on the other hand is a wily man. He’ll outmaneuver the slow Mies. Just take a look at the photo collage I made of Philip Johnson to prove my point: The man is about to manically rip that building off its very foundations. He can also dance with his fingers pointed. He wears buildings on his head. NOBODY CAN DEFEAT SOMEONE WHO WEARS BUILDINGS ON HIS HEAD. And look at that… Read more »

Tom Saaristo
13 years ago

Johnson is too much of an exhibitionist (not that I’m not, but nobody wants to see that, Philip)

My vote goes for Mies

Matt Maldre
13 years ago

Tom, Philip Johnson is gonna come after you with his monkey arms!

Tom Saaristo
13 years ago

Leering at me with that monkey face! Noooo!

Matt Maldre
13 years ago

So far it’s a 1-1 tie. I’m gonna tweet about this to try to get some more votes.


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