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Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style

A Life in Architecture

Carter Wiseman (Author, Yale University)

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one hundred interviews with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and family members and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, this book documents the uniquely American rise of a poor immigrant to the pinnacle of the international architectural world.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

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • March 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73165-1
  • 8 × 9.6 in / 88 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[P]hotos of Kahn’s...work, most previously unpublished, add an amazing visual aspect to this most visual and visionary of architects” — ENR

Louis I. Kahn is lavishly illustrated...and contributes the most comprehensive analysis of the architect's life and works to date.” — Olivia Klose, DocoMomo

“Not merely a collection of Kahn's architectural works....it gives...a richness and layering not usually associated with architecture books.” — Howard Kozloff, Urban Land

“Wiseman…has done us all a service…a balanced and penetrating study of Kahn both as an architect and as a man.” — James Gardner, New York Sun

“If beauty matters here, it can be found in Carter Wiseman's writing...Wiseman knows…how to write about [architecture] with crystalline clarity” — Jack Quinan, The Buffalo News

“Wiseman's biography is beautifully written, balanced, and informative.” — Anthony Alofsin, The New Criterion

“[A]n accessible and handsome biography…[A] welcome tribute to a twentieth-century master” — Rob Hardy, The Commercial Dispatch

“[An] excellent new biography.” — Christopher Hawthorne, Metropolis Magazine

“[A]n authoritative and beautifully illustrated book.” — Yale Alumni 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.” — Sandy McLendon, Modernism Magazine

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