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Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architectureby Carter Wiseman
Synopses & Reviews
Now ranked with Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, Louis I. Kahn brought a reverence for history back into modern architecture while translating it into a uniquely contemporary idiom. It illuminates the richly diverse personal relationships Kahn had with such clients as Jonas Salk and Paul Mellon, and the romantic entanglements that mystified even those closest to him. While celebrating the genius of Kahnís art, the book provides an invaluable portrait of the man who created it.
Book News Annotation:
Wiseman (Yale School of Architecture) presents the first in-depth biography of famed American architect, Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974). Drawing on some 100 interviews with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and family members, the text traces Kahn's life from his birth in Estonia and immigration to America as a young child to his death in 1974. The text provides a detailed account of the personal and public life of a key figure in modern architecture, concentrating in particular on a selection of Kahn's architectural masterpieces. Illustrated throughout with b&w and color photographs and diagrams. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The first in-depth biographical study of the brilliant but elusive architect who fundamentally redefined twentieth-century architecture.
About the Author
Carter Wiseman graduated from Yale College, received a Master's degree in architectural history from Columbia University, and was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He was the architecture critic for New York magazine from 1980 to 1996. The author of I. M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture and Twentieth-Century American Architecture: The Buildings and Their Makers, Wiseman is president of the board of the MacDowell Colony and teaches at the Yale School of Architecture.
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