Louis Kahn Conversations with Students

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ISBN-13: 9781568981499
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Description: Louis Kahn (1901-74) is one of the most renowned practitioners of international modernism, on a par with Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe in the extent of his influence on subsequent generations of architects. Kahn sought the spiritual in his  More...

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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

Louis Kahn (1901-74) is one of the most renowned practitioners of international modernism, on a par with Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe in the extent of his influence on subsequent generations of architects. Kahn sought the spiritual in his powerful forms, and encouraged his students to seek the essential nature of architecture. His Philadelphia-based practice was responsible for such masterpieces as the Richards Medical Research building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Yale Art Gallery extension in New Haven, Connecticut; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the government complex at Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. This title, in the same format as our highly successful Rem Koolhaas: Conversations with Students, contains a little-known essay by Kahn on his sources of inspiration, an interview with the architect on his working methods and his vision for the future of the profession, and writings on Kahn by Michael Bell and Lars Lerup, contributors to our title Stanley Saitowitz. Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students is the latest title in the series from the Rice University School of Architecture.

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.

Introduction
White Light, Black Shadow
Design Is Form Towards Presence
Hands Up
Louis Kahn's Two Careers

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