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Louis Kahn Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
The architect of Yale University's clean-cut Center for British Art, the graceful Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the striking Indian Institute of Management in Ahmadabad, India, and the diamond-shaped Erdmann Hall at Bryn Mawr College receives elegant tribute in Louis Kahn by Joseph Rykwert, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, with photographs by Roberto Schezen. (The writer and photographer also teamed up for The Villa: From Ancient to Modern.). After situating Kahn within the post-WWII modern social, artistic and critical framework associated with Lewis Mumford, Rykwert turns his attention to 15 specific projects, each of which is featured in about a dozen pages of images accompanied by brief text. Architects and scholars will rejoice in this learned, high-quality, large-format book. 185 illus., 100 in full color.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
American architect Louis Kahn (1901-74) believed in monumental architecture and "a spiritual quality inherent in a structure, which conveys a feeling of its eternity." Unfortunately, many observers find his work incredibly imposing, dense, and unfriendly; in his peak years, 1965-73, he exhibited an exceptional ability to make different buildings with varied purposes look like Soviet-era parking garages. He is nevertheless an important architect, and Rykwert, Paul Phillipe Cret Professor of Architecture emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, has written a careful and laudatory introduction to his work. Fifteen of his projects, institutional and residential, are shown in this volume. Each building is framed by a brief text that indicates place, purpose, and architecture, along with a floor plan and quality photographs of interiors and exteriors. The volume stresses in word and image Kahn's goal of making enduring buildings. He succeeded, even if his architecture does look like the tool of a totalitarian government. Recommended for collections where there is an interest in the architect's work or in the 1960s-to-1970s era of modern-gone-monumental. David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT
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Top customer reviews
Having said that I would like to add the following; being and architect I always want two things of my architecture books:
1) getting all the background on both the architect and the projects, including projectdevelopment in both text and drawings
2) getting the best pictures of the build work
A lot of the time these things don't come in one good book so I have to buy two. For Louis Kahn this meant buying "Louis I Kahn" by Robert McCarter for a perfect overview of the life and ideas of Kahn and buying this book by Joseph Rykwert for its beautiful images. So for me this is one beautiful half of the whole story of Kahn, so buy it togehter with...
rhealm of architecture" catalogue published back in 1991.