You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

By Wendy Lesser

The first biography of the enduring American architect that delves absolutely into his existence and work

Born to a Jewish relatives in Estonia in 1901 and taken to the United States in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia; by the point of his demise in 1974, he used to be widely known as one of many maximum architects of his period. but this huge, immense attractiveness was once in accordance with just a handful of masterpieces, all outfitted over the past fifteen years of his life.

Perfectly complementing Nathaniel Kahn’s award-winning documentary, My Architect, Wendy Lesser’s You Say to Brick is a massive exploration of the architect’s existence and paintings. Kahn, maybe greater than the other twentieth-century American architect, was once a “public” architect. Eschewing the standard company skyscrapers, lodges, and condominiums, he serious about scientific and academic examine amenities, executive facilities, museums, libraries, parks, non secular structures, and different buildings that might serve the general public stable. but this hot, eye-catching individual, cherished via scholars and sought after by way of colleagues, was once additionally a secretive and mysterious personality hiding in the back of a chain of masks.

Drawing on broad unique learn; long interviews along with his teenagers, his colleagues, and his scholars; and shuttle to the far-flung websites of his career-defining structures, Lesser has written a landmark biography of this elusive guy, which finds the brain in the back of a few of the 20th century's so much celebrated architecture.

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