You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn
Born in Estonia 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia. By the time of his mysterious death in 1974, he was widely recognized as one of the greatest architects of his era. Yet, he was a secretive man hiding under a series of masks. His enormous reputation was based on only a handful of masterpieces, all built during the last fifteen years of his life.Rather than focusing on corporate commissions, he devoted himself to designing research facilities, government centers, museums, libraries, and other structures that would serve the public good. His signature achievements—like the Salk Institute in La Jolla, the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad—can at first seem as enigmatic and beguiling as the man who designed them. Drawing on extensive original research, lengthy interviews with his children, his colleagues, and his students,...
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