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Author: Mateo KriesJochen EisenbrandStanislaus von MoosUniversity of Pennsylvania. Architectural Archives.Vitra Design Museum.All authors
Publisher: Weil am Rhein : Vitra Design Museum, 2012.
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The American architect Louis Kahn is one of the great master builders of the twentieth century. With complex spatial compositions, an elemental formal vocabulary and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of powerful archaic beauty. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72) and the National Assembly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: Louis I Kahn; Louis I Kahn; Louis I Kahn; Louis I Kahn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mateo Kries; Jochen Eisenbrand; Stanislaus von Moos; University of Pennsylvania. Architectural Archives.; Vitra Design Museum.; Nederlands Architectuurinstituut.
ISBN: 9783931936921 3931936929
OCLC Number: 812250718
Notes: Exhibition catalog.
On the occasion of an exhibition held at Nederlands Architektuurinstituut, Rotterdam, September 8, 2012 - January 6, 2013; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, March 9 - August 25, 2013; National Museum, Oslo, October 18, 2013 - January 26, 2014.
Contains no title page, title from cover.
Description: 354 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 33 cm
Contents: Essays. Chronology / William Whitaker --
Monument? Forum? Fair? Louis Kahn, Edmund Bacon, and Philadelphia / Stanislaus von Moos --
Between grid and pathway : the houses of Louis Kahn / Jochen Eisenbrand --
Louis Kahn's art and his architectural thought / Michael Lewis --
Portfolio, sketches and drawings --
Kahn's edge : the provocative historicism of the Trenton Jewish Community Center / Neil Levine --
Louis Kahn and the French connection / Kenneth Frampton --
Toward cognitive architecture / Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen --
Louis I. Kahn's building for three faiths : "Religion ... not a religion." / Susan G. Solomon --
Enclosure : Kahn / Thomas Florschuetz --
Mettre la nature en oeuvre / Florian Sauter --
"Unavoidable nuisances:" engineering and engineers in the work of Louis Kahn / Thomas Leslie --
Louis Kahn and the life of materials / Réjean Legault --
Modern architecture and the excavation of the past / William J.R. Curtis. Interviews. Frank Gehry --
Robert A.M. Stern --
Robert Geddes --
Denise Scott Brown --
Moshe Safdie --
Herman Hertzberger --
Mario Botta --
Renzo Piano --
Peter Zumthor --
Balkrishna Doshi --
Alejandro Aravena --
Sou Fujimoto. Catalog. List of projects, 1926-1974 / William Whitaker --
City : Philadelphia as urban laboratory --
House : regional planning --
Science : the world as structure --
Eternal present : ruins and archetypes --
Grounding : earth, water, wind, light --
Group form : the logic of assembly.
Other Titles: Power of architecture
Responsibility: [editors, Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand, Stanislaus von Moos ; translations: Brian Currid, Barbara Hauss, Anna Stüler].

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The American architect Louis Kahn is one of the great master builders of the twentieth century. With complex spatial compositions, an elemental formal vocabulary and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of powerful archaic beauty. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72) and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83). Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first comprehensive publication on this architect in 20 years, and presents all of his important projects. Essays by prominent Kahn experts discuss the sources, contexts and influences of his work; among the authors are such renowned art and architectural historians as Stanislaus von Moos, William J. R. Curtis, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Neil Levine. Topics discussed include Kahn's pioneering role in concrete construction; the visionary plans for his home city of Philadelphia; his years at Yale University; his dialogue with Josef Albers; and his importance for modern architecture in Southeast Asia. An illustrated biography provides new facts and insights about Kahn's life and work. In interviews, leading architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor and Sou Fujimoto explain Kahn's significance in today's architectural discourse. An extensive catalogue of works features original drawings and architectural models from the Kahn archive, many of which are presented with high-quality images for the first time. The book is further augmented by a portfolio of Kahn's travel drawings as well as photographs by Thomas Florschuetz, which offer completely new views of the Salk Institute and the Indian Institute of Management.

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