Louis I. Kahn in Conversation

Interviews with John W. Cook and Heinrich Klotz, 1969–70

Edited by Jules David Prown and Karen E. Denavit

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May 19, 2015
288 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
73 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300208146
Cloth

Distributed for the Yale Center for British Art, in association with Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University and the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania

In 1969 and 1970, Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974)—one of America’s greatest 20th-century architects—participated in a series of interviews with a young German architectural historian, Heinrich Klotz, then a visiting professor at Yale University, and John W. Cook, who was teaching architecture at the Yale Divinity School. Louis I. Kahn in Conversation provides the first full edited transcript of these candid, illuminating interviews, which provide remarkable insights into Kahn’s philosophy of architecture.  The conversations touch on many of his iconic works, including the unbuilt City Tower Project for Philadelphia, the Yale University Art Gallery, the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, and major international projects then under construction, as well as the Yale Center for British Art, Kahn’s final building, on which he was beginning work at the time. Illustrated with dozens of plans, drawings, and photographs, the book also features an introduction by Jules David Prown, the first director of the Yale Center for British Art, who recommended Kahn as its architect.
 
Jules David Prown is the Paul Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University. Karen E. Denavit is information analyst at the Yale Center for British Art.
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