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Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn [Hardcover]

Kahn Louis I. , Lobell John
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1 Jan 1979
Louis I. Kahn's influence on American architecture during his life was great, and his influence has only increased in the 33 years since his death - with interest in his work lately moving into the realm of popular culture through the successful film about him, "My Architect" (New Yorker Films, 2004). John Lobell's classic work presents stunning black-and white photos of some of Kahn's greatest buildings, including the Salk Institute, the Yale Study Center and the Exeter Library, combining them with excerpts from his writings that reveal him as a remarkable creative thinker. Kahn searched for beginnings: the origin of joy and wonder, of intelligence and intuition. He sought the basic principles of being, which he called Silence and Light. He spoke of these things with a tremendous yet gentle power. Reading his words and looking at his buildings, we experience him as architect, visionary, and poet.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394506251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394506258
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 23.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,493,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading Frampton's 'Studies in tectonic culture' and with the recent development of, so called, emergent architecture I start thinking that Louis I Kahn should be re valued in the history of Modern architecture. His ideas on architecture is still valid and resonant now. even stronger than those famous architects like Mies or Corbusier or Wright. It seems to me that Louis I Kahn's concept of Order is no different from what Michael Hensel or Ciro Najile calls 'material system'. even more there is poetic aspects on top of it. Not only philosophical level but also in the details of built projects I personally often check and learn from Kahn's details when I design buildings. Without exceptions I get so impressed by the details every time I see it again. This book is concise and lucid. When I first read this book about 18 years ago I was only barely impressed. however, I read it now I can see more in the concise and lucid text. definitely must read book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten Master 10 Oct 2011
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Ah, Louis Khan, the forgotten master. Not as well known or renowned as Corb, Mies or Wright, but he is a significant Architect of the 20th century.
An excellent book as summary of Khan's work and his theories. Perhaps not as indepth as In the Realm of Architecture, or as well illustrated as Louis I Khan, but still a well rounded piece of work at a good price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Kahn's review 23 Jun 2011
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This is a good book as an introduction to Kahn's work and beliefs. The book is indeed too short, as in text, but it stills keeps track and sums up very well the character of this great men among architects. I do recommend it, because is a very good addition to any architect's personal library. It's a good value for your money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 6 Jan 2011
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beautiful book, with interesting Kahn's thoughts...
just too short.. more one of those coffee table books... though too long for that:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn why a city can deserve to exist, and more! 10 July 2001
By Brad McCormick - Published on Amazon.com
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Kahn's words in this book are very wise.
For just one example: The reason a city might deserve to exist is not due to packing a lot of warm squirming bodies into a small cubic footage, but rather to be a place where persons can explore things that interest them beyond the requirements of reproduction of individual and species life which determines peasant (and other non-urban) life.
A city is a place where a young person, as they walk through it, observing various master craftspersons at work, may find something they *want* to do for their whole life (not just something they *have* to do to earn a "living").
This is remarkable stuff, especially when we compare it with the ethical vapidity of postmodernism. Read this book and then see how the "world" you live in and the architects who designed it shapes up. Do you live in spaces which nurture creative human association? Or do you live and work in "decorated sheds" that put sugar coating on places that make you and your loved ones be banal?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo Heavy 6 Feb 2012
By adnarim - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful if you're a fan of Kahn's work. The book is unique in that the text is Kahn's original words. However, this book is not really a textbook - it functions more like a coffee table book. It has lots of photos and few words.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to begin with 6 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you're someone who's interested in architecture,but don't seem to get the hang of it, the word of Louis I. Kahn might help. I was a sopmore when I read the book , classes were a bit blur to me,it was like seeing an image but not sure of what you were looking at. But this book put things in a way that incouraged me as a student , to see the many concepts from life that concerned an architect, and how an an archetect was more of a artist of living, a thinker than just a constrution manager.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 21 Mar 2014
By Hussain ibrahim - Published on Amazon.com
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Well explained by Khan, though i was looking for khan own writings. Most of the terms used are well related to architecture
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice pics. 12 July 2003
By "peachibookwerm" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are inerested in late modern architecture and the thoughts "behind the men", it is a good resource. Lots of bright photos of Kahn's work. The text is a little sparse. but for the price it's a good deal.
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