You Say to Brick

You Say to Brick : The Life of Louis Kahn

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Born to a Jewish family in Estonia in 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia; by the time of his death in 1974, he was widely recognized as one of the greatest architects of his era. Yet this enormous reputation was based on only a handful of masterpieces, all built during the last fifteen years of his life. Perfectly complementing Nathaniel Kahn's award-winning documentary, My Architect, Wendy Lesser's You Say to Brick is a major exploration of the architect's life and work. Kahn, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century American architect, was a "public" architect. Eschewing the usual corporate skyscrapers, hotels, and condominiums, he focused on medical and educational research facilities, government centers, museums, libraries, parks, religious buildings, and other structures that would serve the public good. Yet this warm, captivating person, beloved by students and admired by colleagues, was also a secretive and mysterious character hiding behind a series of masks.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 135 x 190 x 15mm | 74g
  • Old Saybrook, CT, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 154145071X
  • 9781541450714

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"A splendid biography that penetrates the inner lives of Kahn's buildings as well as the inner life of their creator." ---Kirkus Starred Review
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