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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one hundred interviews with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and family members and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, this book documents the uniquely American rise of a poor immigrant to the pinnacle of the international architectural world.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“[P]hotos of Kahn’, most previously unpublished, add an amazing visual aspect to this most visual and visionary of architects” — ENR

“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

“[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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