Lars Müller Publishers honors the American architect Louis Kahn (1901–1974).
Louis Kahn, born on February 20th in 1901, was an American architect, design critic and professor. Known for his monumental and monolithic style and long considered an “architects’ architect”, he emerged as a vivid and instructive guide, provoking reflection on questions, which continue to remain relevant: on how works are conceived, on how they might be perceived, on how they become part of human experience.
Like few others, Louis Kahn cultivated the craft of drawing as a means to architecture. His personal design drawings – seen either as a method of discovery or for themselves – are unique in the twentieth century. Over two hundred – mostly unpublished – drawings by Kahn and his associates are published in Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out together with a lively and informed commentary. Fascinating not only in their beauty, the drawings open a new and stimulating perspective on one of the past century’s great architects.
Kahn’s rethinking of modern architecture’s paradigm of space belongs to his most important contributions to the métier. In tracing the genesis of the unbuilt project for the Dominican Motherhouse (1965–69), we are given a close-up view of Kahn at work on a few fundamental questions of architectural space: seeking the sources of its meaning in its social, morphological, landscape and contextual dimensions. Louis Kahn: On the Thoughtful Making of Spaces is the result of extensive research, illustrated with unpublished archival material and new analytic drawings.