Louis I Kahn Paperback – 17 Mar 2009
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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)
'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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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.
However I give 3 star, cause I like the way of architecture's book in Hardcover.
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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.
There is one notable mistake. Kahn's middle name was "Isadore," not "Isidore" as Carter writes on page 12.