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.
A biographical portrait of Louis I. Kahn reassesses the role of the acclaimed architect in transforming twentieth-century architecture by translating a reverence for history and historical forms into a uniquely contemporary idiom and looks at Kahn's rise to the pinnacle of international architecture, his personal relationships with his clients, and his turbulent romantic life.
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.