Louis I Kahn s Jewish Architecture

Forum Lectures in 1960; later reprinted as “Form and Design” in Vincent Scully Jr., Louis I. Kahn (New York: George Braziller, 1962). 24. Kahn,“Form and Design,” in Scully, Louis I. Kahn, 119. Levy, interview with author, February 19, ...

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Author: Susan G. Solomon

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

ISBN: 9781611688689

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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In 1961, famed architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) received a commission to design a new synagogue. His client was one of the oldest Sephardic Orthodox congregations in the United States: Philadelphia's Mikveh Israel. Due to the loss of financial backing, Kahn's plans were never realized. Nevertheless, the haunting and imaginative schemes for Mikveh Israel remain among Kahn's most revered designs. Susan G. Solomon uses Kahn's designs for Mikveh Israel as a lens through which to examine the transformation of the American synagogue from 1955 to 1970. She shows how Kahn wrestled with issues that challenged postwar Jewish institutions and evaluates his creative attempts to bridge modernism and Judaism. She argues that Kahn provided a fresh paradigm for synagogues, one that offered innovations in planning, decoration, and the incorporation of light and nature into building design.

Louis I Kahn s Trenton Jewish Community Center

40 : “ Of the 107 projects built or planned by Kahn , 23 were for Jewish institutions or clients . " This is a misleading tabulation because it does not list the projects ; it does not distinguish between commissions for private homes ...

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Author: Susan G. Solomon

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 1568982267

Category: Architecture

Page: 204

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The Building Studies series examines important buildings through original documents, detailed text, photography, and drawings in an affordable format.

The Architecture of Ruins

Kahn, Louis I. 'A Discussion Recorded in Louis I. Kahn's Philadelphia Office in February, 1961 with Alessandra Latour'. In Kahn, Writings, Lectures, Interviews, pp. 122–140. Kahn, Louis I. 'Form and Design'. In Kahn, Writings, Lectures, ...

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Author: Jonathan Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429770562

Category: Architecture

Page: 358

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The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future identifies an alternative and significant history of architecture from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century, in which a building is designed, occupied and imagined as a ruin. This design practice conceives a monument and a ruin as creative, interdependent and simultaneous themes within a single building dialectic, addressing temporal and environmental questions in poetic, psychological and practical terms, and stimulating questions of personal and national identity, nature and culture, weather and climate, permanence and impermanence and life and death. Conceiving a building as a dialogue between a monument and a ruin intensifies the already blurred relations between the unfinished and the ruined and envisages the past, the present and the future in a single architecture. Structured around a collection of biographies, this book conceives a monument and a ruin as metaphors for a life and means to negotiate between a self and a society. Emphasising the interconnections between designers and the particular ways in which later architects learned from earlier ones, the chapters investigate an evolving, interdisciplinary design practice to show the relevance of historical understanding to design. Like a history, a design is a reinterpretation of the past that is meaningful to the present. Equally, a design is equivalent to a fiction, convincing users to suspend disbelief. We expect a history or a novel to be written in words, but they can also be delineated in drawing, cast in concrete or seeded in soil. The architect is a ‘physical novelist’ as well as a ‘physical historian’. Like building sites, ruins are full of potential. In revealing not only what is lost, but also what is incomplete, a ruin suggests the future as well as the past. As a stimulus to the imagination, a ruin’s incomplete and broken forms expand architecture’s allegorical and metaphorical capacity, indicating that a building can remain unfinished, literally and in the imagination, focusing attention on the creativity of users as well as architects. Emphasising the symbiotic relations between nature and culture, a building designed, occupied and imagined as a ruin acknowledges the coproduction of multiple authors, whether human, non-human or atmospheric, and is an appropriate model for architecture in an era of increasing climate change.

Drawn from the Source

Drawn from the Source shows how Kahn's encounters with the great buildings of the past influenced his own architecture, and how monuments such as the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum employ natural materials and natural light to ...

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Author: Eugene J. Johnson

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: UCSD:31822021250808

Category: Art

Page: 136

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with an essay and site photographs by Ralph Lieberman Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) was among the most highly regarded twentieth-century architects, yet the relationship of his haunting travel sketches to his work has not been systematically explored until now. Drawn from the Source shows how Kahn's encounters with the great buildings of the past influenced his own architecture, and how monuments such as the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum employ natural materials and natural light to create a sense of permanence and communal space inspired by buildings far removed in time and place. Drawn from the Source describes Kahn's journeys to Europe and Asia in 1928-1929, 1951, and 1959, culminating in the great pastel sketches that circulated privately among architects and played a large part in the revival of architectural sketching in recent years. Each sketching episode is considered in terms of its contribution to Kahn's later architectural formulations, showing how he worked from his sketches to make that great synthesis of modernism and historical form that distinguishes his work. Kahn's itineraries are vividly reconstructed through surviving watercolor, pastel, and pencil drawings that reveal rapid shifts in style, sometimes week by week, while he developed a way of drawing that reflected his understanding of architectural form. Specially commissioned photographs taken by Ralph Lieberman from the precise viewpoints of the drawings document the variance of the sites from Kahn's selective interpretation of them.

Louis Kahn

First ed. published as: Louis I. Kahn: talks with students. 1969.

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Author: Louis I. Kahn

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 156898149X

Category: Architecture

Page: 93

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First ed. published as: Louis I. Kahn: talks with students. 1969.

The Paintings and Sketches of Louis I Kahn

This lavishly illustrated volume provides a catalogue raisonné of all 480 known paintings and sketches by Kahn, and also includes an in-depth critical analysis of the works and their relationship to his architecture, a biographical sketch, ...

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Author: Jan Hochstim

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: UOM:39015024792700

Category: Architects

Page: 348

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The Paintings and Sketches of Louis I. Kahn is the first comprehensive presentation and analysis of this great twentieth-century master's art works - his main pursuit for the thirty years before he achieved preeminence in the field of architecture. The charcoal sketches, pastels, watercolors, and oils presented here were made largely on Kahn's travels and vacations in Europe, Canada, and the United States. They range from his experiements in moderne-style illustration, to realism, to the stark and metaphysical abstractions of his later years - including landscapes, building sketches, still lifes, portraits, and cityscapes. Organized chronologically, each work is accompanied by a brief description and analysis. This lavishly illustrated volume provides a catalogue raisonné of all 480 known paintings and sketches by Kahn, and also includes an in-depth critical analysis of the works and their relationship to his architecture, a biographical sketch, an extensive bibliography, and an introduction by leading Kahn authority Vincent Scully. -- from dust jacket.

Kahn at Penn

Max A. Robinson, “Reflections Upon Kahn's Teaching,” unpublished essay, September 15, 2011. Kahn, as quoted in Strong and Thomas, p. 232. Max Underwood, “Louis Kahn's Search for Beginnings: A Philosophy and Methodology” (Washington, ...

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Author: James Williamson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317669210

Category: Architecture

Page: 204

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Louis I. Kahn is widely known as an architect of powerful buildings. But although much has been said about his buildings, almost nothing has been written about Kahn as an unconventional teacher and philosopher whose influence on his students was far-reaching. Teaching was vitally important for Kahn, and through his Master’s Class at the University of Pennsylvania, he exerted a significant effect on the future course of architectural practice and education. This book is a critical, in-depth study of Kahn’s philosophy of education and his unique pedagogy. It is the first extensive and comprehensive investigation of the Kahn Master’s Class as seen through the eyes of his graduate students at Penn.

Louis I Kahn

Documents Kahn's life and career

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Author: David Bruce Brownlee

Publisher: Universe Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015040326392

Category: Architecture

Page: 280

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Documents Kahn's life and career

Louis I Kahn Architect

From there he details his experiences with Kahn and explores Kahn's interactions with Penn faculty members, including Mario Romanach, Robert Le Ricolet and Aldo Giurgola.0.

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Author: Charles E. Dagit, Jr.

Publisher:

ISBN: 1412865239

Category: Architects

Page: 120

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Few people in the history of art and architecture have planted a seed of inspiration that grew to become a towering oak of lasting influence. Beginning with a prelude that starts with the author's undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania, Dagit launches readers on an intellectual journey of how he first met Kahn. From there he details his experiences with Kahn and explores Kahn's interactions with Penn faculty members, including Mario Romanach, Robert Le Ricolet and Aldo Giurgola.0.