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Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out Designing the Dominican Motherhouse

by Michael Merrill

Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out Designing the Dominican Motherhouse Synopsis

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 Over two hundred - mostly unpublished - drawings by Kahn and his associates are woven together with a lively and informed commentary into an intimate biography of an architectural idea.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' architectA - 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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9783037782217
Publication date: 1st September 2010
Author: Michael Merrill
Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Individual architects & architectural firms,

About Michael Merrill

Michael Merrill , Dr.-Ing., is a practicing architect in the USA and Germany and assistant professor for Architectural Design at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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