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Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture Paperback – November 3, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (November 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500280258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500280256
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Architect Louis Kahn discovered late in life how to transform the ruins of ancient Rome into modern buildings. His pursuit of an ideal geometric order was informed by a keen sense of history. Based on platonic shapes, his buildings, at once monumental and human in scale, marked the end of the international style and opened the way for a revival of vernacular and classical traditions. These themes are documented in a lavishly illustrated retrospective survey which accompanies a traveling exhibition. Brownlee, associate professor of art history, and DeLong, professor of architecture, both at the University of Pennsylvania, track Kahn's prodigious career in intimate essays followed by a 160-page pictorial section analyzing 14 key projects. Simultaneously Rizzoli is also publishing Louis I. Kahn: Writings, Lectures, Interviews , edited by Alessandra Latour, which includes Kahn's essays, philosophical meditations and free-verse poems, and The Paintings and Sketches of Louis I. Kahn , by Jan Hochstim (see review above).
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This official catalog of a traveling exhibition organized by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art represents an extraordinary collaborative effort: in addition to a brief introduction by Kahn enthusiast Vincent Scully, it contains six well-researched and lucidly written essays that begin with Kahn's formative years and conclude with his designs for the Yale Center for British Art. Also included is a complete listing of Kahn's buildings and projects from 1925 to 1974; an annotated bibliography; and a handsome, specially commissioned photo portfolio of Kahn's best-known works. An indispensable reference for anyone interested in contemporary American architecture. See also Louis I. Kahn: Writings, Lectures, Interviews, reviewed on p.124.--Ed.
- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Svce., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
A beautiful book...It's filled with so much information about Kahn's major projects. Interesting, well-written text and dozens of sketches and model photos accompany each major project. I'd never heard of Grant Mudford, but his big, color photos are beautiful. There's a list of all of Kahn's projects and buildings from the 1920s until his death in 1974, and a section of Kahn's travel sketches and artwork. The pages are large, the print quality is impressive, and the impeccable graphic design, by Massimo Vignelli with Abigail Sturges, suits Kahn's style perfectly. And it's a good buy, too.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By stevekwc on May 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
In one book, you can see through Kahn's famous works, like Salk Institute of Biography Reaserch and Yale Center for British Art. Nice photos and descriptions. This book can be the beginning step for approaching Kahn's philosophy of architecture. He say, "Existence will determines the every nature of things". He used the simple forms to establish a fine-art-class architecture style. Kahn's works could be said as "Simple in FORM, but not simple in MIND."

updated: (2009-1-2)
I realized I didn't know Kahn much 8 years ago. Form is the final expression of a building. True. But Kahn's buildings shouldn't be read as just FORM or Style. Pictures of modern buildings are always misleading. Not many modern buildings today are pretty in real, when seeing by real eyes. Kahn's buildings are truly "prettier" in real. Just like tasting the real soup, you feel the depth of ingredients (after I grew up a little bit in architecture).

I would suggest people to read "Building Art, Building Science" by Thomas Leslie, if you are willing to knowing more about this great architect.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet J. Wilson on June 6, 2010
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This book was the catalog for the the Kahn exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum in 1990-91. The son of a friend just graduated with a dual degree in Landscape Gardening and Architecture. With his class he visited Bangladesh to see some of Kahn's works.
I gave him this book as gift and he could not have been more thrilled with my gift.
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