book | Louis Kahn drawing to find out

Louis Kahn drawing to find out : the DominicanMotherhouse and the patient search for architecture / Michael Merrill.
Baden : Lars Müller, 2010.
239 p.
ISBN 9783037782217*
Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974.
Dominican Motherhouse (Pennsylvania)
Monasterios - Estados Unidos.
Biblioteca A-72 KAHN LOU

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 Over two hundred – mostly unpublished – drawings by Kahn and his associates are woven together with a lively and informed commentary into an intimate biography of an architectural idea. Unfolding around the iconic project for the Dominican Motherhouse (1965 – 69) the drawings form a narrative which not only reveals the richness and hidden dimensions of this unbuilt masterpiece, but provides compelling insights into Louis Kahn’s mature culture of designing.

Kahn – long considered an “architects’ architect” – emerges 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. Fascinating not only in their beauty, the drawings open a new and stimulating perspective on one of the past century’s great architects.
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