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  Louis Kahn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Louis Isadore Kahn (February 20, 1901/1902 – March 17, 1974) was a world-renowned architect who practiced in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kahn (whose original surname was Schmalowski) was born in Kuressaare on the Estonian island of Saaremaa, then part of the Russian Empire.
Louis Kahn's work infused International style with a fastidious, highly personal taste, a poetry of light.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Louis_Kahn   (693 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Louis Kahn
When Louis Kahn’s corpse was found by the NYPD on the evening of 17 March 1974 in the public lavatory at Penn Station in New York, it took several days for the police to identify him as one of the world’s most admired architects.
Kahn had died swiftly of a heart attack and the only form of identification among his possessions was his passport in which he had crossed out his address.
1901 Louis Isadore Kahn is born in Kingisepp on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia to Leopold and Bertha Kahn.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Louis-Kahn   (2433 words)

 Louis Kahn / Architect (1901-1974) - Design/Designer Information
Kahn excelled in his four years at the University of Pennsylvania and, after graduating in 1924, was employed by the Philadelphia architect John Molitor.
Kahn was convinced that, as a modern architect, his responsibility was to create buildings with those qualities using contemporary materials and construction techniques.
Kahn had a second daughter, Alexandra born in 1954, with Anne Tyng, a young architect who worked for him in Philadelphia, and a son, Nathaniel, born in 1962, with another collaborator, the landscape architect Harriet Pattison.
www.designmuseum.org /design/louis-kahn   (2045 words)

 Award-Winning Building   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Louis Isadore Kahn was born on February 20, 1901 in the town of Kingisepp on the island of Ösel in Estonia.
Leopold Kahn, father of Louis, was Estonian and served as a paymaster in the Russian army.
Kahn and their three children (Louis was the oldest) followed in 1906, and the family settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where there were relatives nearby.
www.kimbellart.org /building/kahn_bio.cfm?id=7   (551 words)

 BookRags: Louis I. Kahn Biography
Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) was one of the most significant and influential American architects from the 1950s until his death.
Louis I. Kahn was born February 20, 1901, in Estonia on the island of Saaremaa.
Kahn was attempting to rethink all aspects of his architecture, as if he was at the very beginning of architecture.
www.bookrags.com /biography/louis-i-kahn   (1021 words)

 Kahn, Louis Isadore (1901-1974) -- Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
Kahn was born in Pärnu, Estonia, the son of Bertha Mendelsohn and Leopold Kahn, and emigrated with his family to Philadelphia in 1906.
In 1955, Kahn returned to the University of Pennsylvania as a teacher and as the designer of the Alfred Newtown Richards Medical Laboratories, which was soon recognized by contemporaries as a landmark modern statement that broke from International Style notions of universal space and prismatic steel and glass volumes.
Kahn was named the Paul Cret Professor of Architecture in 1966, and would teach a master's studio at Penn with Norman Rice and G.
www.philadelphiabuildings.org /pab/app/ar_display.cfm/21829   (1292 words)

 Kent Larson, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks
Kahn is transfixed by light: “The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.” To Kahn not only is light the principal descriptor of architecture, but all matter (the material of architecture itself) is spent light.
Kahn intuitively understood what the physicist today acknowledges, that light (plasma) is the fourth and final state of matter after solid, liquid, and gas.
Louis Kahn died in 1974 at the height of his career, having created some of the 20th century's finest architectural masterpieces: the Kimbell Art Museum, Phillips Exeter Academy library, Yale Center for British Art and Studies, and Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
architecture.mit.edu /~kll/Kahn_reviews.html   (1564 words)

 My Architect (2003)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Louis Kahn emigrated to this country as a child, his face irreparably and brutally scarred by an accident.
Kahn was a born teacher and some of the extensive archival footage here shows him with students, his voice steady but passionate, their gazes respectful and intense.
When Nathaniel was a young boy Louis Kahn died of a massive heart attack in the men's room of New York's Pennsylvania Station after returning from India where he had pitched one of his massive projects, another one that was never built.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0373175   (931 words)

 Commentary Magazine - What Louis Kahn Built   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Lewis, Michael J. The architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-74) was nearly sixty when Richards Medical Laboratory, his first project to be internationally celebrated, was built at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
...In Kahn's work, by contrast, apart from the necessary details of ritual, there is little difference in formal character among the Unitarian church in Rochester, the unbuilt synagogue in Philadelphia, and the mosque at the National Assembly in Dhaka...
...Kahn was not yet as prestigious as Wright, and his designs for a triangular sanctuary inserted within a cylindrical mantle were quietly shelved...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V93I3P41-1.htm   (3568 words)

 News @ Pratt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Louis I. Kahn is considered one of the greatest and most influential architects of the 20th century.
Nathaniel Kahn, born to Louis Kahn and landscape architect Harriet Pattison, one of his mistresses and collaborators, will host the screening of his film “My Architect,” which chronicles his efforts to reconcile the celebrated career and troubled life of his father.
The Louis Kahn Symposium is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute and the Pratt Film Society, which is sponsored by the Academic Senate at Pratt.
www.pratt.edu /news/prmain.php?story=02.24.06_Pratt_Presents_Symposium_on_Architect_Louis_I._Kahn.html   (553 words)

 Louis Kahn
Kahn was trained in the Beaux-Arts tradition at the University of Pennsylvania under Paul P. Cret and he worked at Cret's office in 1929-30.
Kahn's theoretical point of departure was function but a function explored philosophically in respect to the essence of the building's intended use; of the "human institution" the building was to serve.
Kahn saw architectural elements, such as the column, arch, dome, and vault, in their capacity of molding light and shadow.
www.rochesterunitarian.org /Kahn   (1421 words)

 New York Architecture Images- Louis Kahn
New York, N.Y. Louis Kahn was born in Saarama (Saaremaa), Estonia in 1901.
Kahn's architecture is notable for its simple, platonic forms and compositions.
Considered one of the foremost architects of the late twentieth century, Kahn received the AIA Gold Medal in 1971 and the RIBA Gold Medal in 1972.
www.nyc-architecture.com /ARCH/ARCH-LouisKahn.htm   (242 words)

 Amazon.de: Louis Kahn: Bücher: Louis I. Kahn,Robert McCarter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The considerable beauty of Robert McCarter's book about Louis Kahn, one of the titans of modern archtitecture, is akin to a Kahn building: squarish, monumental, monkish yet passionate and cunningly designed.
The layout is exemplary, the straightforward chronological account of Kahn's career interspersed with conceptual histories of each of his important buildings, from the Yale Art Gallery to the Salk Institute to the National Capital of Bangladesh.
Kahn, Louis I. Das bedeutet, jeder Titel/Artikel muss zu Sachgebiet 1 UND zu Sachgebiet 2 UND...
www.amazon.de /exec/obidos/ASIN/0714840459   (387 words)

 Class of 1945 Library - Design of the Library: Louis I. Kahn
Louis I. Kahn was born in 1901 on the Isle of Osel in Estonia.
Kahn’s office was in Philadelphia, where he lived until his death.
Kahn also had two other children by women with whom he had long-running extramarital affairs: Alexandra Tyng, daughter of Anne Tyng, another architect, and Nathaniel Kahn, son of Harriet Pattison, a landscape architect who worked in Kahn’s office.
library.exeter.edu /dept/design/kahn.html   (572 words)

 2blowhards.com: "My Architect" and Louis Kahn
Kahn arrived in this country from Estonia when he was five and is generally thought to have hit his artistic stride around the age of 50.
Kahn was well-known too for his workaholism; one architect who as a young man worked for Kahn recalls that his personal life suffered so much from Kahn's demands that he had to quit.
Critics often speak of Kahn's love of "natural light," but I found the way he used light in his buildings to be as natural as the way he used brick; he had an interest in the natural only so far as it served his idea of greatness.
www.2blowhards.com /archives/001216.html   (5521 words)

 2blowhards.com: Salingaros on Kahn
The third Kahn was the champion of modernism that we know so well -- the Kahn of "what does a brick want to become?" It is de rigueur for young architects to refer to him casually as "Lou" so as to imply a nonexistent familiarity.
Louis Kahn is an American Icon, and I respect that.
This was Kahn's first grand project, a combination of lucky break and initiation trial, and he proved himself worthy of the modernist credo.
www.2blowhards.com /archives/001222.html   (3954 words)

 NPR : 'My Architect'
Louis I. Kahn and Nathaniel Kahn circa 1970.
Video: One of Louis Kahn's friends breaks down as he recalls meeting the documentary director as a young man, at the architect's funeral.
Louis Kahn died mysteriously, with his address crossed out on his identification and half a million dollars in debt.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=4531474   (572 words)

 AIArchitect, February 2, 2004 - Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect: A Son's Journey, details his poignant search for his ...
Nathaniel Kahn recalls his famous father from his once-a-week visits to their home as well as Nathaniel’s visits to his dad’s office, where his mother was employed.
That each worked with Louis Kahn when they were romantically involved with him speaks of the intermingling love for the man, the architect, and the architecture.
The real stars of the film are Louis Kahn’s buildings, filmed in sequence by someone who has come to know intimately and love the powers of stone and space and light.
www.aia.org /aiarchitect/thisweek04/tw0130/0130kahn_movie.htm   (1179 words)

 "The Louis Kahn Project", Sculpture Page no. 20:
Louis Kahn decided to start an architectural firm at the age of 50.
Twenty three years later Louis Kahn was widely regarded as the world's most influential architect in the later half of the twentieth century.
Louis Kahn spoke of "matter in spiritual terms", which is precisely what many of my artist friends start doing when they get together.
www.brianowensart.com /louiskahn.html   (616 words)

 Kahn, Louis Isadore - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
KAHN, LOUIS ISADORE [Kahn, Louis Isadore], 1901-74, American architect, b.
Kahn was widely acclaimed for his design of the Richards Medical Research Laboratories at the Univ. of Pennsylvania (1958-60).
Kahn eschewed the seemingly weightless International Style glass boxes of his time and created bold, dignified, and sometimes brooding or harsh structures of massed stone and concrete.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/K/Kahn-Lou.asp   (358 words)

 Fred A. Bernstein: Restoring Louis Kahn's "Undergraduate Project" at Yale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kahn in 1953, is in the midst of a three-year renovation meant to restore it to its original state.
Kahn used modern technology to create open spaces that could be configured to meet changing needs.
Kahn ran ductwork, electrical conduits and lighting tracks above the triangular coffers; they are readily accessible but barely visible because the only way to see them is to look straight up.
www.fredbernstein.com /articles/display.asp?id=80   (842 words)

 Louis Kahn: The 'Sensuous Search' - Judith Bell
All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to light.
Had Louis Kahn not been an architect, he would surely have been a poet.
Kahn embarked on the quest for these truths in earnest in his fifties.
www.worldandi.com /specialreport/1992/august/Sa19950.htm   (294 words)

 Sculpture in a Commemorative Landscape: Louis Kahn and Isamu Noguchi - The Noguchi Museum
Noguchi's seminal collaboration with Louis Kahn on the design of Riverside Park Playground was preceded by a world tour that the artist undertook during the years 1949-50, under the auspices of the Bollingen Foundation, from which he had received a grant for the ostensible purpose of studying leisure on a transcultural basis.
By this date the cylindrical amphitheater is enriched by a stepped causeway impinging on it from one side, while the slide tumulus has taken the form of a vaguely elliptical mound with two slides implanted on either side of its central axis.
A fifth version, held in the Kahn archives, shows an additional interim stage in which the project is greatly simplified.(22) The central conical play mountain has been eliminated from this version while the slide tumulus is linked to the stair system.
www.noguchi.org /frampton.html   (2604 words)

 "My Architect": Nathaniel Kahn's Search for His Famous Father
Perhaps tellingly, Louis Kahn's body lay in the city morgue for three days before it was claimed.
Nathaniel Kahn was 11 at the time of his father's death, and that loss, compounded by the very public denial of his existence -- the Times obituary that omitted him, his mother, and his half-sister -- affected him deeply.
Kahn: I think that one of the hardest things in making the film was finding the right voice for me. And we tried a lot of different things.
www.indiewire.com /people/people_031110kahn.html   (2303 words)

 Fleisher: Louis I. Kahn Lecture Room at the Fleisher Art Memorial
When Armajani discovered that the architect Louis Kahn had attended the school as a child, his concept for a Louis Kahn Lecture Room immediately began to evolve.
Kahn probed the essence of the activities to be accommodated by his buildings, and he asked, “What does the building want to be?”
Kahn wrote about the school, “It was a meeting availability, a place full of offerings.
www.fleisher.org /about/kahn-room.php   (834 words)

 Honoring Louis Kahn's Legacy on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth - Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 22, 2/13/2001
In 1966, Kahn was the first to hold the Cret Professorship of Architecture, created by a bequest from his own teacher.
GSFA's legandary Dean G. Holmes Perkins hired Kahn in 1955 and in 1979 he oversaw the installation of the Kahn Collection and directed the organization and cataloguing of the numerous materials.
Kahn was born in 1901 on the Baltic island of Osel, Estonia and came to America in 1905.
www.upenn.edu /almanac/v47/n22/Kahn100.html   (347 words)

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