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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Revised ed. edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849713
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 5.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,036 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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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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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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By abc on 25 Dec. 2015
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Fantastic must have book
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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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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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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
Format: Hardcover
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
Format: Hardcover
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)
7 of 9 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
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and handsomely illustrated 12 Jan. 2013
By Yaakov Ben Shalom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is clearly written and wonderfully illustrated. It is a great way to learn about the work of Louis I. Kahn.

There is one notable mistake. Kahn's middle name was "Isadore," not "Isidore" as Carter writes on page 12.
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
Format: Hardcover
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
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