Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture

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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 ...

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Overview

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one hundred interviews with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and family members and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, this book documents the uniquely American rise of a poor immigrant to the pinnacle of the international architectural world.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 Kahn's art, the book provides an invaluable portrait of the man who created it.

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Editorial Reviews

ENR
“[P]hotos of Kahn’s...work, most previously unpublished, add an amazing visual aspect to this most visual and visionary of architects”
Olivia Klose - DocoMomo
“Louis I. Kahn is lavishly illustrated...and contributes the most comprehensive analysis of the architect's life and works to date.”
Howard Kozloff - Urban Land
“Not merely a collection of Kahn's architectural works....it gives...a richness and layering not usually associated with architecture books.”
James Gardner - New York Sun
“Wiseman…has done us all a service…a balanced and penetrating study of Kahn both as an architect and as a man.”
Jack Quinan - The Buffalo News
“If beauty matters here, it can be found in Carter Wiseman's writing...Wiseman knows…how to write about [architecture] with crystalline clarity”
Anthony Alofsin - The New Criterion
“Wiseman's biography is beautifully written, balanced, and informative.”
Rob Hardy - The Commercial Dispatch
“[A]n accessible and handsome biography…[A] welcome tribute to a twentieth-century master”
Christopher Hawthorne - Metropolis Magazine
“[An] excellent new biography.”
Yale Alumni Magazine
“[A]n authoritative and beautifully illustrated book.”
Sandy McLendon - Modernism Magazine
“[E]xcellent overview of….how Scandinavian furniture defined a past era, and how it will likely define the future...[A] book other biographers of architects should emulate.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731651
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter Wiseman teaches history and criticism at the Yale School of architecture. He lives in Weston, Connecticut. He is also the author of Twentieth-Century American Architecture.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Arrival: Estonia, the Northern Liberties, and Penn (1901-24)     12
To Change the World: The Lean Years (1924-47)     28
Academia and Emergence: The Yale University Art Gallery (1947-53)     54
Back Home to Philadelphia: The Richards Medical Research Building (1957-64)     82
The Client Connection: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1959-65)     106
"A Degree of Utter Purity": The Subcontinent (1962-83)     136
A "Temple for Learning": The Phillips Exeter Academy Library (1965-72)     180
Light Unleashed: The Kimbell Art Museum (1966-72)     206
The Moth and the Butterfly: The Yale Center for British Art (1969-74)     236
Epilogue     264
Notes     269
Acknowledgments     278
Index     279
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