Louis Kahn - Essential Texts

ISBN-10: 0393731138

ISBN-13: 9780393731132

Edition: 2003

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Description: Drawing from Louis Kahn's speeches, essays and interviews, this anthology attempts to capture the evolution and central tenets of the influential American architect's thinking, from his early work of the 1940s to his death in 1974.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Louis Kahn, a pioneer of functionalist architecture, was born in Estonia but came with his family to the United States at the age of 4. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at Yale University from 1947 to 1957, during which time he became known for his addition to the Yale University Art Gallery (1951--53). This work, along with his design for the Richards Medical Research Building in Philadelphia (1957--61), gained him wide recognition. Kahn's international reputation as a major force in contemporary architecture came with his designs for the Salk Institute Laboratories in La Jolla, California (1959--65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, (1872) and the Paul Mellon Center for British Studies at Yale University (1969--72). From 1957 until his death, Kahn returned to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, to teach. While there, he helped to start the so-called Philadelphia school of modernism. Kahn's designs, though simple, are powerfully complex and subtle at the same time.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Kahn's Search
Monumentality (1944)
An Approach to Architectural Education (1956)
Talk at the Conclusion of the Otterlo Congress (1959)
Form and Design (1960)
The New Art of Urban Design: Are We Equipped? (1960)
Illustrations
Discussion in Kahn's Office (1961)
The Nature of Nature (1961)
Law and Rule in Architecture (1961, 1962)
Lecture at International Design Conference, Aspen, Colorado (1962)
Lecture at Yale University (1963)
Lecture at a Conference on "Medicine in the Year 2000" (1964)
Conversation with Karl Linn (1965)
Lecture to the Boston Society of Architects (1966)
Space and the Inspirations (1967)
Silence and Light (1968, 1969)
The Room, the Street, and Human Agreement (1971)
Address to Naturalized Citizens (1971)
Lecture at Pratt Institute (1973)
For Further Reading
Index
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