You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn Author Wendy Lesser
ISBN-10 0374279977
ISBN-13 9780374279974
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Wendy Lesser s You Say to Brick is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn s life and career magnificently researched and gracefully written Inga Saffron New York Times Book ReviewBorn 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 this enormous reputation was based on only a handful of masterpieces all built during the last fifteen years of his life Wendy Lessers You Say to Brick The Life of Louis Kahn is a major exploration of the architects life and work Kahn perhaps more than any other twentieth century American architect was a public architect 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 But this warm captivating person beloved by students and admired by colleagues was also a secretive man hiding under a series of masks Kahn himself however is not the only complex subject that comes vividly to life in these pages His signature achievementslike the Salk Institute in La Jolla the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabadcan at first seem as enigmatic and beguiling as the man who designed them In attempts to describe these structures we are often forced to speak in contradictions and paradoxes structures that seem at once unmistakably modern and ancient enormous built spaces that offer a sense of intimate containment designs in which light itself seems tangible a raw material as tactile as travertine or Kahns beloved concrete This is where Lessers talents as one of our most original and gifted cultural critics come into play Interspersed throughout her account of Kahns life and career are exhilarating in situ descriptions of what it feels like to move through his built structures Drawing on extensive original research lengthy interviews with his children his colleagues and his students and travel to the far flung sites of his career defining buildings Lesser has written a landmark biography of this elusive genius revealing the mind behind some of the twentieth centurys most celebrated architecture

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