Between silence and light: spirit in the architecture of Louis I. Kahn

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Shambhala, Jul 12, 1979 - Architecture - 120 pages
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In the development of contemporary architecture, no one has had a greater influence than Louis I. Kahn, whose many buildings include the Salk Institute, the Yale Study Center, and the Exeter Library. He is remembered, however, not only as a master builder, but also as one of the most important and creative thinkers of this century. Kahn searched for beginnings: the origin of joy and wonder, of intelligence and intuition. He sought the basic principles of being, which he called Silence and Light. He spoke of these things with a tremendous yet gentle power. Reading his words, we feel that we are listening to a poet of the human spirit.

For Kahn, the study of architecture was the study of human beings, their highest aspirations and most profound truths. He searched for forms and materials to express the subtlety and the grandeur of life. In his buildings, we see the realization of his vision: luminous surfaces that evoke a fundamental awe, silent courtyards that speak of the expansiveness and the sanctity of the spirit, monumental columns and graceful arches that embody dignity and strength. This is the first book about Kahn for a general audience and the first to bring together his own words with illustrations of his buildings. A major statement on human creativity, it shows us Louis Kahn as architect, visionary, and poet.

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User Review  - DavidGerstel - LibraryThing

A short exposition of Kahn's approach to capturing and excluding light in order to enhance our experience of built form and space. Yes, like so much of architectural writing it is a bit high falutin' at times, but it's illuminating, too. Read full review

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