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Louis I Kahn [Paperback]

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17 Mar 2009

US architect Louis Kahn (1901–74) was one of the greatest influences on world architecture during the second half of the twentieth century. This monograph focuses on Kahn’s major designs – from the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, the Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, Phillips Exeter Library, Exeter, New Hampshire to the National Capital of Bangladesh and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad – as well as a number of unfinished projects, in order to understand his work and philosophy

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (17 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849713
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 21.1 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Descriptions of each building and case study are extraordinarily successful...[this book] achieves what Kahn often outlined as the ultimate challenge for an architect: capturing the mind's vision.' (Blueprint)

'Deserves a place as a solid student textbook.' (Architect’s Journal)

'Beautiful' (Prospect)

'Should be an inspiration for students and teachers in any design and technology, engineering or art department…This beautifully produced 500 page book could be used not only for the insight it gives into Kahn’s design, but also for its extensive series of concept drawings, detailed plans, photographs of architectural models, and sketches and photographs of completed projects.' (Bill Richmond, Times Educational Supplement)

'The time is ripe for comprehensive critical assessment of [Kahn's] work...McCarter's [...] book is comprehensive in scope, thoroughly researched, well written, extensively illustrated ... and beautifully produced by Phaidon...at the end of the book, McCarter concisely grasps and articulates something of the essential truth about Kahn.' (The Architectural Review)

'This homage to Kahn is helped by the drama of his prodigious output of theoretical schemes and foiled master plans...when he suceeded, the results were spectacular...this book does him proud.' (Wallpaper* (Wallpaper* Design Awards 2006))

'A labour of love…a conscientious review…Kahn, is, after Le Corbusier, the major architectural thinker of the twentieth century, revered as much by Norman Foster as by Robert Venturi.' (Robert Maxwell, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Princeton University, Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Robert McCarter is a prominent architectural historian and practising architect, and Professor of Architecture at Washington University, St Louis. He is the author of Unity Temple and Fallingwater in Phaidon’s Architecture in Detail series, and is author of the monograph Frank Lloyd Wright and the primer On and By Frank Lloyd Wright, also by Phaidon Press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study book 10 Oct 2011
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The second best book on Louis Khan I own!
Really comprehensive, almost as good as Louis I khan: Complete Works, but about half the price.
I own both, and in all honesty, I would recommend this book. The complete works is nice, but not worth the extra money, I found this book to be comprehensive enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book at a very reasonable price! 6 Jan 2010
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This is a very inspiring and complete, well illustrated overview of the work of Kahn. The edition is very decent quality and well worth its price. I can recommend this book to any student in architecture, or anyone interested in modern masters of architecture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but not too bad. 12 July 2013
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This book contained comprehensive works of Louis I Kahn, for student or others who intended on his works. It probably better if publishing provided a Hardcover for choices. also I think if you interest in Mr. Kahn theoretical it's awesome. but I most attractive on illustrated. This book has some good floor plan and some section and details.
However I give 3 star, cause I like the way of architecture's book in Hardcover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Second Masterpiece for McCarter-- can he do it again? 10 Oct 2005
By Brett G. Holverstott - Published on Amazon.com
This book on Kahn is essentially a "sequel" to McCarter's incredible book on Wright. McCarter traces the details of Kahn's projects and often uncovers little-known but important works. Like the book on Wright, this book focuses on the unfolding of Kahn's architectural philosphy through his career via a study of his built and unbuilt works. This discussion is immersed in the details of each project.

An unfair review of McCarer's previous book overlooked the fact that the lush descriptions and details are essential to grasping the architectual ideas and philosophy. I doubt the reviewer had the patience to work through the entire book. Often you need to study a floor-plan, then return to McCarter's text, then study it again to really understand McCarter is telling you. Thus this book is interactive; you must engage it as thoroughly as it engages you.

Yay, the floor plans are larger! My only criticism is that McCarter should have kept the layout the same as the Wright book. Pages lacking page numbers, references to photos far from the photos themselves, sideways text (???) on chapter headings, image subtitles far from the images themselves, and "backtracking" to give overviews of a project all create confusion. Therefore I disagree with the amazon reviewer, I find the content to be wonderful, but the layout poor, unlike Kahn's works.

I see many mentions of Le Corbusier. Perhaps another project for McCarter? I would buy it in a second.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great analysis and resource but.... 12 Dec 2005
By Duong V. Bui - Published on Amazon.com
great analysis and resource but redrawn CAD version of orgininal drawings somehow reduces clarity and meaning of 2D drawing set (line weight and landscape should be better redrawn)
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Louis Khan - Visionary 10 Aug 2005
By Jennifer Phillipps - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book after watching "My Architect", a moving documentary by the illegitimate son of Louis Khan who was on a voyage of discovery - finding out who this man was who was his father. He travelled to many of the most famous pieces of architecture that Louis created and met many characters who had known his father and who had insights for him. As a result of this I was keen to get a book with a record of the amazing buildings he created. This book gives a good mix of information, architectural plans and drawings and then photos of his more famous buildings. As is usually the case with Phaidon productions it was beautifully put together and good value for money. I would thoroughly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have 8 Feb 2008
By nika - Published on Amazon.com
great graphic and textual documentation, you can get a great insight of kahn's work: ground-plans, sections, sketches, drawings, photographs, including good explanations. a must-have
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book on Kahn 2 Oct 2007
By W. Foley - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are to have just one book on Kahn, and anyone seriously interested in architecture ought to have at least one, this is the one.
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