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Louis I. Kahn: beyond time and style: a life in architecture

By: Wiseman, Carter.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York W.W. Norton 2007Description: 284 p.ISBN: 9780393731651.Subject(s): Architects - United States - Biography | Architecture - United States - History - 20th centuryDDC classification: 720.92 Summary: The first in-depth biographical study of the brilliant but elusive architect who fundamentally redefined twentieth-century architecture. Now ranked with Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, Louis I. Kahn brought a reverence for history back into modern architecture while translating it into a uniquely contemporary idiom. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and family members and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, this book documents the uniquely American rise of a poor immigrant to the pinnacle of the international architectural world. It illuminates the richly diverse personal relationships Kahn had with such clients as Jonas Salk and Paul Mellon, and the romantic entanglements that mystified even those closest to him. While celebrating the genius of Kahnís art, the book provides an invaluable portrait of the man who created it. http://books.wwnorton.com/books/978-0-393-73165-1/
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Table of content:


1. Arrival: Estonia, the northern liberties, and Penn (1901-24)
2. To change the world: the lean years (1924-47)
3. Academia and emergence: the Yale University Art Gallery (1947-53)
4. Back home to Philadelphia: the Richards Medical Research Building (1957-64)
5. The client connection: the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1959-65)
6. "A degree of utter purity": the subcontinent (1962-83)
7. A "temple for learning": the Phillips Exeter Academy Library (1965-72)
8. Light unleashed: the Kimbell Art Museum (1966-72)
9. The moth and the butterfly: the Yale Center for British Art (1969-74).



The first in-depth biographical study of the brilliant but elusive architect who fundamentally redefined twentieth-century architecture.

Now ranked with Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, Louis I. Kahn brought a reverence for history back into modern architecture while translating it into a uniquely contemporary idiom.

Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and family members and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, this book documents the uniquely American rise of a poor immigrant to the pinnacle of the international architectural world.

It illuminates the richly diverse personal relationships Kahn had with such clients as Jonas Salk and Paul Mellon, and the romantic entanglements that mystified even those closest to him. While celebrating the genius of Kahnís art, the book provides an invaluable portrait of the man who created it.


http://books.wwnorton.com/books/978-0-393-73165-1/

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