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Louis I. Kahn: The Idea of Order [Hardcover]

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The work of Louis I. Kahn, who with Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier is the most important hero of international Modernism, is presented in a new light in this extensive book-the first since the catalog for the 1992 Louis I. Kahn exhibition. Kahn's attitude toward architecture is strongly influenced by a spirituality which has caused the image of his oeuvre to be determined and sometimes even surpassed by his philosophy. If, on the contrary, one looks at the concrete design process of his buildings, the precision in the beauty of Kahn's architecture becomes visible and comprehensible.

Presentations and analyses of Kahn's essential realized buildings are the focal point of this book, from the early work, which has gained recognition only in recent years, to the large-scale projects for the capital buildings of Bangladesh in Dhaka and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. The book's starting point is the reconstruction of the design process of the buildings according to their plans and elevations. Kahn's distinctive modernism, exemplified in projects such as the Richards Laboratories in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, is traced to its most simple and basic geometric shapes and is developed in fascinating complexity. The drawings, made exclusively for this publication, combined with previously unpublished photographs and "a clear argumentation and well-founded analysis" (Kurt W. Foster), make this new presentation essential for all those interested in the legacy of Kahn's work.

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Pages   198
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.75" Height: 13.5"
Weight:   3.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1998
Publisher   Birkhauser
ISBN  3764356596  
ISBN13  9783764356590  

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More About Klaus-Peter Gast

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Klaus-Peter Gast (b. 1956) is an architect and building historian. He trained and taught at the Technische UniversitAt Braunschweig (Braunschweig Technical University), obtaining his doctorate in 1995 with a dissertation on "Das Indian Institute of Management von Louis I. Kahn. Zur Darstellung des Systems figA1/4rlicher Geometrie" ("The Indian Institute of Management of Louis I. Kahn: Representing the System of Figurative Geometry"). Research trips to Rome, Paris, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Ahmedabad, and Dhaka; lectures etc. in Berlin, Hanover, Philadelphia, Bangkok, and Venice. Numerous publications.

The author is a leading authority on Indian architecture who has lived in India since 1997

Klaus-Peter Gast was born in 1956.

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Useful but flawed commentary  Jun 26, 2008
In essence, Louis Kahn was and remains a Beaux Arts architect, or at least a modernist version of one. He was trained in the Beaux Arts method and was especially familiar with the teachings of John F. Harbeson and other American Beaux Arts masters.

Kahn's most common organizational trait was axial and his larger buildings show clear evidence of French-style 'enfilade' planning. This much is clear from Kahn's own drawings. While this book acknowledges these underlying planning geometries, it stretches the basis of its study trying to find the same systems evident in Kahn's elevational treatments.

Although Kahn would have studied Beaux arts proportional systems it is not evident from his own drawings or sketches that he tried to apply these devices or compositional systems in his designs. Indeed his writings suggested that he intuited the results more than constructed them around a geometric framework. Thus portions of the book can only be regarded as the author's speculative attempts to 'discover' Kahn's geometries after the fact rather than present them as a factual statement of the architect's intent.

Still, the book offers a new way to consider Kahn's works. In an age where so much of so-called architecture is no more than capricious form-making, the book is a welcome reminder that discipline and rigour have always been an important part of real design.
A very precise and engaging study of Louis Kahn's buildings!  Mar 10, 2003
Klaus-Peter Gast's book provides a geometric analysis of Louis Kahn's buildings, as well as an in-depth analysis of Lou's personal way of building with deep respect for the great architectural periods of the past.The author's geometric drawings/diagrams & text - coupled with brilliant photographs and Lou's drawings - take Louis Kahn's buildings/structures beyond simple tracing and observation:this important book takes us on a fascinating journey through Louis I. Kahn's intelligible and organic geometrical equilibrium, to the structurally ordered whole and the powerful & enigmatic monumentality of Lou's masterpieces.A serious and carefully crafted publication that requires commitment and visual attention.A truly monumental book!

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