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Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Thomas Leslie

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7. September 2005
Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) was one of the most influential American architects of the twentieth century. His work, widely recognised as a link between modern and classical traditions, is distinguished by its simple yet monumental design. In this book, Thomas Leslie shows that Kahn was also an extraordinarily gifted technologist and that his careful presentation of engineering principles set the stage for the high-tech movement in Europe and America. The examination of four major buildings the Yale University Art Gallery, the Richards Medical Research Laboratories, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Kimbell Art Museum and several smaller projects by Kahn reveals this hidden theme: an expressive integration of construction, structure, and services into buildings that dramatically highlight the processes involved in their making and function. Previously unpublished drawings, construction photographs, and sketches complement new diagrams that illustrate the profound technical poetry within Kahns buildings. Because of its new approach to Kahns work, this book will be a vital resource for architects and designers, both as a comprehensive analysis of these buildings and as a new interpretation of their constructed meaning. Students and educators will also benefit from the books focus on the role of basic building science in the design and construction of four major monuments of late twentieth- century architecture.

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Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) was one of the most influential American architects of the twentieth century. His work, widely recognised as a link between modern and classical traditions, is distinguished by its simple yet monumental design. In this book, Thomas Leslie shows that Kahn was also an extraordinarily gifted technologist and that his careful presentation of engineering principles set the stage for the high-tech movement in Europe and America. The examination of four major buildings the Yale University Art Gallery, the Richards Medical Research Laboratories, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Kimbell Art Museum and several smaller projects by Kahn reveals this hidden theme: an expressive integration of construction, structure, and services into buildings that dramatically highlight the processes involved in their making and function. Previously unpublished drawings, construction photographs, and sketches complement new diagrams that illustrate the profound technical poetry within Kahns buildings.

Because of its new approach to Kahns work, this book will be a vital resource for architects and designers, both as a comprehensive analysis of these buildings and as a new interpretation of their constructed meaning. Students and educators will also benefit from the books focus on the role of basic building science in the design and construction of four major monuments of late twentieth- century architecture.

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Thomas Leslie is an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, where he teaches building technology, design, and history. Prior to teaching, he was an associate with Foster and Partners, London.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen extraordinarily precise 1. Juni 2008
Von Scott Magic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Of all the literature about Louis Kahn, Thomas Leslie's book is precisely rooted in the struggle it took to translate Kahn's architectural visions into concrete manifestations. I applaud Leslie for not overly mystifying Kahn's philosophy or personality and for bringing credit to the many talented staff/collaborators that made Kahn's ideas better, such as Gus Kommendant, Marshall Meyers, Fred Langford, Jack MacAllister, Richard Kelly and others.

As a docent of the Salk Institute and Kahn enthusiast, this book has several historical facts that exist nowhere else. Its technically fascinating, well supported visually and accurately written. A must.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Construction Techniques 12. Dezember 2008
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Well written book talks about Kahn as a designer and how he conceptualized his buildings. The book's focus is on the integration of the many elements that go into a building and how they work with Kahn's designs.
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