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The Resource You say to brick : the life of Louis Kahn, Wendy Lesser

You say to brick : the life of Louis Kahn, Wendy Lesser

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You say to brick : the life of Louis Kahn
Title
You say to brick
Title remainder
the life of Louis Kahn
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Lesser
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A definitive biography of the iconic American architect, Louis Kahn"--
  • Born in Estonia in 1901 and brought to American 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 Lesser's You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn is a major exploration of the architect's 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 secret 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 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. In attempt 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 Kahn's beloved concrete. This is where Lesser's talents as one of our most original and gifted cultural critics come into play. Interspersed throughout her account of Kahn's 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 century's most celebrated architecture
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lesser, Wendy
Dewey number
  • 720.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
NA737.K32
LC item number
L48 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kahn, Louis I
  • Architects
  • United States
  • Biography
Label
You say to brick : the life of Louis Kahn, Wendy Lesser
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Ending -- In situ : Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- Preparing -- In situ : Kimbell Art Museum -- Becoming -- In situ : Phillips Exeter Library -- Achieving -- In situ : National Assembly Building of Bangladesh -- Arriving -- In situ : Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad -- Beginning
Control code
ocn947147123
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
397 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374279974
Lccn
2016025613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
You say to brick : the life of Louis Kahn, Wendy Lesser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Ending -- In situ : Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- Preparing -- In situ : Kimbell Art Museum -- Becoming -- In situ : Phillips Exeter Library -- Achieving -- In situ : National Assembly Building of Bangladesh -- Arriving -- In situ : Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad -- Beginning
Control code
ocn947147123
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
397 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374279974
Lccn
2016025613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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