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Louis I.Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture [Hardcover]

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19 Nov 1991
This remains one of the most important scholarly and illustrative examinations of Kahn's life work and his philosophy of architecture. Photographs and descriptive analysis are followed by a biographical chronology of the architect's life and a complete list of his buildings and projects from 1925 to 1974. The primary texts critically address different dimensions and periods of Kahn's production.
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (19 Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847813231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847813230
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 22.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,400,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Kahn's career. 1 Jan 1999
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A beautiful book...It's filled with so much information about Kahn's major projects. Interesting, well-written text and dozens of sketches and model photos accompany each major project. I'd never heard of Grant Mudford, but his big, color photos are beautiful. There's a list of all of Kahn's projects and buildings from the 1920s until his death in 1974, and a section of Kahn's travel sketches and artwork. The pages are large, the print quality is impressive, and the impeccable graphic design, by Massimo Vignelli with Abigail Sturges, suits Kahn's style perfectly. And it's a good buy, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Legacy 8 Jan 2001
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To be read in one go, cherished and reread when in need... The opening sentence in the Preface, by Julia Moore Converse reads: "Architect, philosopher, artist, and teacher, Louis I. Kahn inspired students through his work and teaching, drawing followers to Philadelphia from all over the world. In the last twenty-five years of his life, he redefined architecture for his generation."
This was the man, and this was the place, and this volume, no doubt, provides the ultimate insight into his work. Treading gently around personal issues, thus concentrating exclusively on built and never published drawings, the authors have assembled a timeless piece, which through a superb high quality layout, tells the story of Kahn. And it is a touching story - an inspiring one. Unlike so many great epics, the ending is, of course, tragic, though may symbolise the beginning for many... Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974).
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A beautiful book from the Thames & Hudson stable...packed with a huge amount of detail, text, drawings, great photographs: a worthy addition to my architecture library, sadly lacking until now! And I thought I knew about all the world's great architects, how wrong I was! The book reaches into the soul of Louis I Kahn, his passion, his love of creating enclosed space & its relationship to the world beyond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Kahn's career. 1 Jan 1999
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A beautiful book...It's filled with so much information about Kahn's major projects. Interesting, well-written text and dozens of sketches and model photos accompany each major project. I'd never heard of Grant Mudford, but his big, color photos are beautiful. There's a list of all of Kahn's projects and buildings from the 1920s until his death in 1974, and a section of Kahn's travel sketches and artwork. The pages are large, the print quality is impressive, and the impeccable graphic design, by Massimo Vignelli with Abigail Sturges, suits Kahn's style perfectly. And it's a good buy, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Encounter all Kahn's master pieces. 5 May 2000
By stevekwc - Published on Amazon.com
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In one book, you can see through Kahn's famous works, like Salk Institute of Biography Reaserch and Yale Center for British Art. Nice photos and descriptions. This book can be the beginning step for approaching Kahn's philosophy of architecture. He say, "Existence will determines the every nature of things". He used the simple forms to establish a fine-art-class architecture style. Kahn's works could be said as "Simple in FORM, but not simple in MIND."

updated: (2009-1-2)
I realized I didn't know Kahn much 8 years ago. Form is the final expression of a building. True. But Kahn's buildings shouldn't be read as just FORM or Style. Pictures of modern buildings are always misleading. Not many modern buildings today are pretty in real, when seeing by real eyes. Kahn's buildings are truly "prettier" in real. Just like tasting the real soup, you feel the depth of ingredients (after I grew up a little bit in architecture).

I would suggest people to read "Building Art, Building Science" by Thomas Leslie, if you are willing to knowing more about this great architect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis I. Kahn-In The Realm of Architecture 7 Jun 2010
By Janet J. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was the catalog for the the Kahn exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum in 1990-91. The son of a friend just graduated with a dual degree in Landscape Gardening and Architecture. With his class he visited Bangladesh to see some of Kahn's works.
I gave him this book as gift and he could not have been more thrilled with my gift.
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