Archinect - News 2017-08-22T05:24:50-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150023245/every-city-needs-a-crank-a-conversation-with-architecture-critic-inga-saffron Every City Needs a Crank; A conversation with architecture critic Inga Saffron Paul Petrunia 2017-08-17T20:07:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T23:19:49-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/84/84yfg1m764pd6zye.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we're joined by Inga Saffron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. If you haven't read her latest piece on Henry Wilcots, the relatively unknown architect responsible for finishing Louis Kahn's masterpiece in Dhaka, <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/the-overlooked-african-american-architect-who-completed-louis-kahns-masterpiece-20170814.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go read it now</a>. We talk with Inga about her experience meeting with Wilcots, architecture criticism pre and post-internet, Philadelphia and more.</p> <p></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/m0/m0aw9lnd0gtcqi9b." rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/m0/m0aw9lnd0gtcqi9b.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo from 1970 of Wilcots and Kahn discussing the roof structure of the National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to "Every City Needs a Crank":</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-107.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022624/meet-henry-wilcots-the-overlooked-african-american-architect-who-completed-louis-kahn-s-dhaka-national-assembly Meet Henry Wilcots, the overlooked African-American architect who completed Louis Kahn's Dhaka National Assembly Justine Testado 2017-08-14T13:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T21:56:22-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/04/04lacg44498e8mim.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be the decisive moment in Wilcots&rsquo; life. By saying yes, he ended up devoting more than 20 years to helping Kahn build the new capital...The meetings would cause him to move to Philadelphia, a place that at the time seemed to him far less welcoming to African Americans than Dhaka. When Kahn suffered a fatal heart attack in 1974...Wilcots would assume the awesome task of finishing a Louis Kahn masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This article sheds light on the story of Henry Wilcots (now 89 years old), the much overlooked architect who was responsible for completing Louis Kahn's Dhaka National Assembly masterpiece. Dubbed as the &ldquo;Kahn whisperer&rdquo; by fellow colleagues, the calm-and-collected Wilcots was able to have a smooth working relationship with Kahn, the article says.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018742/paul-goldberger-writes-on-the-mysticism-of-louis-kahn Paul Goldberger writes on the mysticism of Louis Kahn Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T14:07:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T14:07:58-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4u/4ug71o8yg7ceh5p9.jpg" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn led a generation of architects away from the standard-issue modernism of glass and steel boxes, but his route was gentle, thoughtful, philosophical, and sometimes vaguely mystical, which is part of the reason that he never really became famous. Kahn&rsquo;s semi-obscurity didn&rsquo;t just extend to the cops at Penn Station: The Times obituary had to be written on deadline the night his death became known, because the obit editors hadn&rsquo;t considered him important enough to merit one in advance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his essay on Kahn, Goldberger examines methodologies of biographical writing, and explores the enigmatic aspects of the architect's identity and work.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"You get his essence almost as much through his words as his buildings. Both are somewhat spare and cryptic, and both are rich in meaning. Who else but Kahn could have said, &ldquo;A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end be unmeasurable&hellip;. what is unmeasurable is the psychic spirit.&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;I want to give the wall a consciousness.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>Kahn&rsquo;s writing could dance on the edge of psychobabble, and we almost certainly would have been less forgiving if his architecture hadn&rsquo;t been as good as it was. But at their most evocative, Kahn&rsquo;s words don&rsquo;t give us insight into his buildings so much as they do him and the reasons behind his designs. Kahn spent his life in pursuit of the distinct...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018392/after-yo-yo-ma-s-plea-point-counterpoint-ii-louis-kahn-floating-concert-hall-may-be-saved-after-all After Yo-Yo Ma's plea, Point Counterpoint II, Louis Kahn floating concert hall, may be saved after all Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T15:04:47-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/p2/p2s90amqyayw2f3d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, N.Y., plan to meet with the boat's owner Aug. 4 to discuss the possibility of transporting the vessel there from its current berth on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill. Late last month, musicians performed aboard the boat in the town, some 80 miles southwest of Chicago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week Archinect reported that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma sent a letter</a> out through the&nbsp;<em>New York Review of Books&nbsp;</em>in an attempt to save the floating concert hall, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>, from demolition. The famed cellist pleaded: "At a time when our national conversation is so often focused on division, we can ill afford to condemn to the scrap heap such a vibrant ambassador for our national unity, so I humbly ask that your readers join Robert and me in finding a new home for&nbsp;Point Counterpoint II." After five decades of running the barge, the owners, Robert Boudreau and wife Kathleen, have decided to retire their duties as caretakers and have been struggling to find a new proprietor for the ship. However, with a little help from Yo-Yo Ma, they may have found the vessel a new home in Kingston, NY.</p> <p>Reportedly, Hutton Brickyards is being considered as the floating venue's new home. The former industrial site that supplied bricks to New York City up until the 80s was acquired by California-based deve...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved Louis Kahn's floating concert hall, Point Counterpoint II, is facing demolition, and Yo-Yo Ma wants it saved Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T16:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:47-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/me/mejwdb5n54z0uyzz.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anchoring in large cities and small towns, in busy shipping lanes and at public parks, the barge opens like a clamshell to reveal a glittering concert stage. Audiences on shore delight in the music, much of it specially composed for Maestro Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> was commissioned to design&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>,&nbsp;a unique floating concert hall, by conductor Robert Austin Boudreau in the mid 1960s.&nbsp;Launched in 1976, the 195-foot&nbsp;structure carried an orchestra up and down America's waterways for five decades. Robert Boudreau and his wife, Kathleen, have recently decided that they cannot keep running the barge. At the conclusion of the Orchestra's 2017 tour, it will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard&mdash;despite the owner's best efforts to find a new guardian for the unique, mobile cultural institution. </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Drawing of Point Counterpoint II, by Louis Kahn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo by josepha on Flickr</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><p>Yo-Yo Ma,&nbsp;a French-born Chinese American cellist, <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/08/17/louis-kahns-endangered-floating-concert-hall/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about his admiration for&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>, i...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015237/the-getty-completes-major-renovation-project-of-kahn-s-salk-institute The Getty completes major renovation project of Kahn's Salk Institute Nicholas Korody 2017-06-29T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T20:57:35-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/co/cogbb0lylb8yhzni.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s heralded as one of the major masterpieces of American modernism, but its ocean-adjacent location has made conservation difficult. Today, the Getty Conservation Institute announced that a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970910/salk-institute-to-be-refurbished-by-the-getty-conservation-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major renovation project</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> &rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/504843/salk-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salk Institute</a> in La Jolla has been completed.</p> <p>The project centered primarily around restoring the complex&rsquo;s teak window walls. Set within the monolithic concrete walls of the study towers and offices, they had weathered to a non-uniform appearance and were deteriorating. While prefabricated, the windows have a &ldquo;hand-crafted quality&rdquo; due to the detailing. Over the years, they suffered surface erosion and had accumulated a fungal biofilm.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nz/nz9k1ca3wa8g8ol9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nz/nz9k1ca3wa8g8ol9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Salk Institute for Biological Studies, photos by Elizabeth Daniels</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Restoration of the teak wood presented a number of challenges,&rdquo; says Kyle Normandin, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. project manager and associate principal. &ldquo;The success of the project is that we were able to save so much of the original materia...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007113/a-monumental-new-biography-of-kahn A monumental new biography of Kahn Nam Henderson 2017-05-12T19:39:00-04:00 >2017-05-13T18:38:59-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ol/olktzqo8a8juda7x.jpg" width="650" height="982" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In You Say to Brick, her subtle interpretations of conversational remarks by Kahn&rsquo;s intimates, and especially of of Kahn&rsquo;s written ephemera&mdash;a dream journal entry on the back of an airline receipt, an unsent postcard&mdash;are luminous and deep. It is difficult to develop, in prose, an architectural equivalent for this kind of close reading or close listening.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over at n+1, Thomas de Monchaux reviews&nbsp;Wendy Lesser's newly published '<strong><em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn'</em></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n4/n47dnudaqftun7qi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qm/qm211woeyhbfhj4b.jpg"></p><p>While everyone knows the story of Kahn's gothic and ignominious death,&nbsp;did you also know that "<em>When Kahn died, his firm...owed its creditors $464,423.83. In 1974 dollars</em>"?</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004391/untangling-louis-kahn-s-life-and-work Untangling Louis Kahn's life and work Nicholas Korody 2017-04-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T12:38:09-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/79/79h1m1juq5q2kgdu.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of history&rsquo;s cruelties that Louis Kahn is almost better known for his unconventional domestic arrangements than for his architecture. Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions. While his commissions took him around the world, he managed to maintain three separate families at home in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"He had a reputation for blowing deadlines and budgets, testing the patience of clients. No one was surprised to learn after his death in 1974 that his firm was deep in debt. The turmoil of his life came to overshadow his accomplishments."</em></p><p>The author, Inga Saffron, reviews&nbsp;<em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn </em>by Wendy Lesser, a new biography/monograph on the renowned architect. "Wendy Lesser&rsquo;s <em>You Say to Brick </em>is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn&rsquo;s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written," she writes.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970910/salk-institute-to-be-refurbished-by-the-getty-conservation-institute Salk Institute to be refurbished by The Getty Conservation Institute Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-07T01:07:58-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/kp/kpgqrsw4f1x25ilh.jpg" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fungal biofilm and water sealant failure have added a black patina to the Salk Institute's iconic teak paneling, making the material vulnerable to decay. In order to save what is considered to be one of the world's finest architectural projects (and coolest structural alignment of the sunset save for perhaps <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956860/this-week-s-picks-for-nyc-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattanhenge</a>), the Getty Conservation Institute undertook three years of careful study and is now ready to start implementing those improvements. &nbsp;</p><p>According to Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Sara Lardinois, &ldquo;The GCI sought to address issues on a long-term basis while preserving cultural significance and addressing the needs of those managing the site. Our aim was to help the Salk Institute incorporate a conservation approach into its overall site management at a critical point in the building&rsquo;s history&mdash;the 50-year mark often coincides with the need for a first major repair in modern buildings.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on all things Louis Kahn:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86856293/kimbell-s-135-million-expansion-has-light-needs-soul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimbell&rsquo;s $135 Million Expansion ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="650" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-12T13:05:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:31:47-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/0u/0uylvxax7f63n3re.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The renovation has pared Kahn's spaces down to their essence, restoring a Zenlike calm, and revealing the muscular concrete structure that made the design such a revelation in the early 1960s, when International Style glass towers were all the rage. As Kahn, who was known for his mystical pronouncements, might say, Richards has become the building it always wanted to be.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The renovation was led by Penn's university architect, David Hollenberg, who oversaw <a href="http://www.pennconnects.upenn.edu/find_a_project/alphabetical/richards_medical_research_labs_alpha/richards_medical_research_labs_overview.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a host of architects</a>&nbsp;working on the complex's four towers, including: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3090592/eyp-architecture-engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EYP</a>, Urban Engineers, Keast &amp; Hood, Bruce Brooks &amp; Assoc., and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/aosarchitects/project/richards-medical-research-laboratory-renovations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atkin Olshin Schade</a>.&nbsp;Hollenberg also suggested Penn nominate the building for National Historic Landmark Status, which it achieved in 2009, complicating the renovation significantly.</p><p>More from Kahn's legacy:</p><ul><li><a title="Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></li><li><a title="In-depth Louis Kahn exhibition opening at London&rsquo;s Design Museum on July 9" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103655820/in-depth-louis-kahn-exhibition-opening-at-london-s-design-museum-on-july-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In-depth Louis Kahn exhibition opening at London&rsquo;s Design Museum on July 9</a></li><li><a title="Decades Later, a Vision Survives" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57162368/decades-later-a-vision-survives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Decades Later, a Vision Survives</a></li><li><a title="The Artist in the Architect" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10731972/the-artist-in-the-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Artist in the Architect</a></li><li><a title='Louis Kahn&rsquo;s "Lost" Renderings Now Under Construction' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102944/louis-kahn-s-lost-renderings-now-under-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn&rsquo;s "Lost" Renderings Now Under Construction</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list Nicholas Korody 2015-06-16T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T18:13:28-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/la/labz9n6q9qrpkzy7.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The father of modern architecture Le Corbusier and the most influential architects of the 20th century Louis Kahn will not find place in the latest heritage conservation list of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Ahmedabad happens to be the only place in the world where Le Corbusier had designed four different buildings. Louis Kahn's IIM-A building too does not figure in the list of heritage buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The list, which consists of 2,247 buildings and havelis in the walled city and 382 buildings outside the walled city area, will be notified in a day or two. Inclusion in the list will mean that the new conservation building bye laws would now be applicable."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/103655820/in-depth-louis-kahn-exhibition-opening-at-london-s-design-museum-on-july-9 In-depth Louis Kahn exhibition opening at London’s Design Museum on July 9 Justine Testado 2014-07-07T21:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T06:41:14-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/lx/lxbekm7zlnfmhsam.jpg" width="650" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" is a multi-themed exploration behind legendary architect Louis Kahn that will be showcased at the Design Museum in London starting Wednesday, July 9. Until Oct. 12, 2014, the exhibition will feature architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs, and films &ndash; including interviews with famous architects like Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Sou Fujimoto, and Peter Zumthor who each describe how Kahn has influenced his own work.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/te/teg4jgk1l0lw2pph.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyq7hxkiyeve966b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4c4f3mt1q3oy9ia.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about the exhibition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/in-depth_louis_kahn_exhibition_opening_at_londons_design_museum_on_july_9/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/103632509/dead-man-building-is-louis-kahn-s-posthumous-new-york-project-his-best Dead man building: is Louis Kahn's posthumous New York project his best? Alexander Walter 2014-07-07T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:14:37-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/58/5819cb5a5188dc73ccb21725c374f0fe.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the American architect Louis Kahn collapsed from a heart attack in the toilets of New York's Penn Station in 1974, he left behind a lot of loose ends. There were three children, by three different women [...]. There was his dwindling practice, which he left $500,000 in debt. And, tucked away in his sketchbooks, was a complete set of drawings for an unrealised project &ndash; one that would lie dormant in his archive for almost 40 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/75520385/the-influence-of-robert-venturi-on-louis-kahn The Influence of Robert Venturi on Louis Kahn Orhan Ayyüce 2013-06-18T17:03:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T22:03:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ls/ls7hpq0wedq2iokk.jpg" width="480" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This study considers the question of how Louis Kahn&rsquo;s development as an architect was shaped by the influences of Robert Venturi. The personal and professional interaction between these two historically significant architects began late in Kahn&rsquo;s career and early in Venturi&rsquo;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p> If my friend <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73735594/colon-panama-a-once-vibrant-and-beautiful-city-struggles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurt Dillon</a> has not sent me the link for this significant thesis by then Master of Science in Architecture candidate Sam Rodell in Washington State University in 2008, I would have my suspicions hanging in the air without proper documentation. It is a great reading for folks who are ready to trash Robert Venturi at all times and treating Kahn as Zeus from the top of the hill. I have learned from and a fan of both, btw.</p> <p> <em>"This study considers the question of how Louis Kahn&rsquo;s development as an architect was&nbsp;shaped by the influences of Robert Venturi. The personal and professional interaction between&nbsp;these two historically significant architects began late in Kahn&rsquo;s career and early in Venturi&rsquo;s.</em></p> <p> <em>Starting with Venturi&rsquo;s master&rsquo;s thesis in 1950, the relationship continued past the seminal&nbsp;publication of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture sixteen years later. Some historical accounts&nbsp;portray Kahn as mentor to Venturi over this period of time. It was in fact a ...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/72307143/eisenman-s-house-vi-venturi-s-philadelphia-house-and-louis-kahn-s-esherick-house-all-set-to-hit-the-market Eisenman's House VI, Venturi's Philadelphia House, and Louis Kahn’s Esherick House all set to hit the market Archinect 2013-05-01T18:18:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T10:35:09-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/03/033e29b253c32b52d0dfccf9b700199c.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three of the most important modernist houses in the Northeast, including the 1964 house Robert Venturi designed for his mother, have been (or will soon be) put up for sale by their long-time owners, two of them without covenants that would ensure their preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m58idbworej18qug.jpg" title="">Venturi's Philadelphia House</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a15buepstp1d226t.jpg" title=""><br> Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Esherick House<br> &nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/63473645/a-world-class-encyclopedic-art-museum-complex-re-opens-in-new-haven A world-class encyclopedic art museum, complex re-opens in New Haven Nam Henderson 2012-12-15T18:22:00-05:00 >2012-12-18T16:59:49-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/40/40jclffl11i8k82q.jpg" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Balance. For decades we&rsquo;ve had an art culture that tries to wow us with too muchness &mdash; blockbusters, biennials, bank-breaking museum buildings no one needs &mdash; and that ends up delivering way too little. Could it be that the day of just enough is upon us, and that Yale&rsquo;s just right museum is a bellwether?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Holland Cotter reviews the final results of the $135 million renovation and expansion of Yale&rsquo;s museum complex.&nbsp; The entire refurbished complex &mdash; a block-and-a-half-long stretch that is itself a museum of changing architectural styles &mdash; officially re-opened two weeks ago. Consisting of the 1953 Kahn building and two adjacent buildings on Chapel Street &mdash; the so-called Old Yale Art Gallery, a 1928 neo-Florentine Gothic building and Street Hall, a Ruskinian Gothic structure from 1866 &mdash; the renovations and additions have combined to give the respected institution an "<em>aura of a destination</em>'. The paper also recently published <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/arts/design/jock-reynolds-transformative-director-of-yale-art-gallery.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a profile of Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, by Charles McGrath</a>. Therein McGrath explored the successful tenure of the sculptor turned director who has "<em>caused hundreds of millions of dollars...to pour into Yale&rsquo;s coffers</em>" or to put it another way "<em>He makes money rain on the place</em>".</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/60782231/four-freedoms-park-and-modern-memorial-design Four Freedoms Park and Modern Memorial Design Places Journal 2012-11-05T17:47:00-05:00 >2012-11-05T22:20:23-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/fd/fducxldjolh1cyks.jpg" width="650" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The creation of a public monument is a fraught business these days. That the pristine work of an architect nearly 40 years dead should rise intact, in today&rsquo;s contentious political, legal and aesthetic climate, is a wonder. And how timely it is that the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt should be honored in such eloquent fashion at a moment when powerful political forces in this country seek to dismantle it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Why is the design of memorials so fraught? Belmont Freeman reviews the design and politics of diverse memorials to American presidents, with a focus on Four Freedoms Park in New York City, the memorial to Franklin Roosevelt designed by Louis Kahn that opened last month.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/59164306/louis-kahn-s-memorial-to-fdr-opens-on-oct-24 Louis Kahn’s Memorial to FDR opens on Oct. 24 Archinect 2012-10-12T16:10:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T19:47:03-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/6h/6hmi9nlcq1z0xrto.jpg" width="640" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn drew up the design in 1973, rendering it with soft charcoal on yellow tracing paper. He had readied it for construction in 1974, but New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, a prime mover of the project, became vice president to Gerald Ford and got distracted by mightier demands... Then Kahn died of a heart attack in a public bathroom in New York&rsquo;s Pennsylvania Station at age 73.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utmap2l4scs3hyjh.jpg" title=""></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/57162368/decades-later-a-vision-survives Decades Later, a Vision Survives anthony dong 2012-09-13T12:43:00-04:00 >2012-09-13T22:23:09-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/0q/0qiw1uenr3swimat.jpg" width="593" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The park...was conceived four decades ago. The visionary architect who designed it died in 1974. The site...remained a rubble heap while the project was left for dead. But in a city proud of its own impatience, perseverance sometimes pays off.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/48921458/an-early-look-at-franklin-d-roosevelt-four-freedoms-park An early look at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Nam Henderson 2012-05-18T20:17:00-04:00 >2012-05-22T22:17:15-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/kr/kr92iycsjlxx712l.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect Editorial Contributor <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1820422/aaron-plewke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Plewke</a> recently visited the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park</a>, which opens officially Fall 2012. Designed by&nbsp;Louis I. Kahn the park is on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, New York City. Check out more photo's via his <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronplewke/with/7223105176/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr stream</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/36703841/is-there-a-jewish-architecture Is There a Jewish Architecture? Places Journal 2012-02-02T20:13:00-05:00 >2012-02-03T08:16:28-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ln/ln4d6hyaveelooll.jpg" width="525" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Within the parameters of the building art there cannot be artists like Saul Bellow and Philip Roth or like Sidney Lumet and Woody Allen, who in books and movies probe the excruciating details of the Jewish encounter with American capitalism and lifestyle. Architecture cannot tell stories about one&rsquo;s Jewish mother or one&rsquo;s Jewish nose. Especially in the era of high modernism, architecture possessed limited expressive resources for detailed cultural critique.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Is there a type of Jewish architecture that unifies the work of Louis Kahn, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, and Daniel Libeskind?</p> <p> Architectural historian Mitchell Schwarzer reviews Gaven Rosenfeld's ambitious book, <em>Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust</em>, and comes away unconvinced.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/33668140/anne-tyng-91-groundbreaking-architect Anne Tyng, 91, groundbreaking architect Archinect 2012-01-07T11:03:00-05:00 >2012-01-08T10:32:46-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/fa/fa7558a86e9d5a79c2d6d79d4640c42d.jpg" width="299" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anne Tyng, a pioneering woman architect whose ideas about geometry influenced Louis Kahn's buildings and who later had a child with him, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Greenbrae, Calif. She was 91, said her daughter, Alexandra, who lives outside Philadelphia. Although Ms. Tyng was among the first group of women to graduate from Harvard University's architecture school in 1944, she struggled her entire career to be taken seriously. Firms would not hire her because she was a woman.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/10731972/the-artist-in-the-architect The Artist in the Architect Paul Petrunia 2011-06-21T19:05:39-04:00 >2011-06-21T19:05:41-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/a4/a4589499955e033fe74209899e87acfa.jpg" width="535" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn doesn&rsquo;t draw like an architect. Kahn&rsquo;s drawings are instead personal, emotional. Each subject is unique, with Kahn truly moved by each building or landscape he studied. He had no interest in imposing his own order or technical perfection on the world he sketched.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/102944/louis-kahn-s-lost-renderings-now-under-construction Louis Kahn’s "Lost" Renderings Now Under Construction Paul Petrunia 2010-12-02T18:25:00-05:00 >2012-01-07T14:12:07-05:00 <p> Louis Kahn's plans for "Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park" are now officially beginning construction, 37 years after the initial groundbreaking was canceled due to New York City's near bankruptcy. Take the jump to read the full story...<br><a href="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_FDRpark_rendering_closeup.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="image" name="image" src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_FDRpark_rendering_closeupsmall.jpg"></a><br> &uarr; Click image to enlarge<br><br> Louis Kahn's plans for "Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park" are now officially beginning construction, 37 years after the initial groundbreaking was canceled due to New York City's near bankruptcy. Take the jump to read the full story...<br><b>Louis Kahn&rsquo;s &ldquo;Lost&rdquo; Renderings Now Under Construction<br><i>Architect&rsquo;s New York City Monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt Is Moving Ahead</i></b><br><br> Architect Louis Kahn was passing through Pennsylvania Station in New York on March 17, 1974 when he was struck with a heart attack. He died within minutes. But his body was not claimed for three days because he had changed the address on his passport.<br><br><a href="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_FDRpark_rendering_cityscape.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="image" name="image" src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_FDRpark_rendering_cityscapesmall.jpg"></a><br> &uarr; Click image to enlarge<br><br> Kahn&rsquo;s sudden death was a tragic loss to the world, and an incomprehensi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/82916/piano-to-design-expansion-to-kahn-s-kimbell Piano to design expansion to Kahn's Kimbell Paul Petrunia 2008-11-19T18:14:00-05:00 >2012-01-07T14:12:38-05:00 <br><p> The &ldquo;schematic design&rdquo; phase is now complete, and the building&rsquo;s basic position and shape have been established...<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/aq/aqi_111908_151445-20081119-151448.jpg"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/aq/aqi_111908_151528-20081119-151530.jpg"><br><br> The new building will double the amount of gallery space at the Museum, which was designed by Louis I. Kahn and is considered to be a milestone of museum architecture. This addition to the Kimbell campus will solve an ongoing problem in that the existing building provides insufficient gallery space to accommodate a major temporary exhibition and a full display of the permanent collection at the same time.<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/aq/aqi_111908_151603-20081119-151605.jpg"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/aq/aqi_111908_151644-20081119-151646.jpg"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/aq/aqi_111908_151721-20081119-151722.jpg"><br><br><a href="https://www.kimbellart.org/News/News-Article.aspx?nid=113" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimbell Art Museum</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/74034/kahn-s-esherick-house-up-for-auction Kahn's Esherick House up for auction kosmograd 2008-04-15T05:23:00-04:00 >2012-01-07T14:12:51-05:00 <br><p> The Esherick House in Philadelphia by Louis I. Kahn is up for auction on 18 May 2008...<br> Completed in 1961, the house combines the sensuous qualities of concrete and Apitong wood, in Kahn's unique geometrical style.<br><br><img src="http://cti.itc.virginia.edu/~arch200/Images/VannaVenturi/Half/venturi04.jpg"><br><br> As Nathaniel Kahn puts it:<br> "It&rsquo;s the perfect house for a creative person. If I lived there&mdash;and I wish I did&mdash;I&rsquo;d have my Mac, a few books and a coffee maker. Sun falling in a high room, treetops through the window, a fire in a great hearth, what else do you need? "<br><br> Expected to go for an estimated $2-3million, this is one house sale that could buck the sub-prime real estate slump.<br><br> More at <a href="http://new.wright20.com/microsites/kahn/auction.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wright 20</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/73256/kahn-s-esherick-house-auctioned-as-art Kahn’s Esherick House Auctioned as Art Aaron Plewke 2008-03-28T10:22:00-04:00 >2012-01-07T14:13:13-05:00 <br><p> Louis I. Kahn&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wright20.com/auctions/42/kahn/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Margaret Esherick House</a>, completed in 1961 in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, and county-appraised in 2006 at about $300,000, went on the auction block May 18. Richard Wright, the president of the auction house, expects it to fetch $2 to $3 million. <a href="http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek08/0328/0328b_kahn.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIArchitect</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/56965/wiseman-on-kahn Wiseman on Kahn John Jourden 2007-05-01T13:26:00-04:00 >2012-01-07T14:13:31-05:00 <br><p> <a href="http://www.architecture.yale.edu/drupal/index.php?q=node/74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carter Wiseman</a></p> <p> talks to California Literary Review about Louis I Kahn and his new biography on titled <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393731650/archinectarchite" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style.</a> <a href="http://www.calitreview.com/Interviews/wiseman_8041.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLR</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/12546/the-franklin-d-roosevelt-monument-louis-i-kahn The Franklin D. Roosevelt Monument - Louis I. Kahn Javier Arbona 2005-01-10T10:28:00-05:00 >2012-01-07T14:13:42-05:00 <br><p> <i>An Elegy for a Memorial, and for the Man Who Designed It</i></p> <p> ...The Franklin D. Roosevelt Monument on New York's Roosevelt Island turned out to be one of the last projects completed by Kahn. Devotees of Roosevelt and of Kahn are hoping that it is not too late to reconsider Kahn's 2.8-acre memorial as part of the 14-acre site. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/09/arts/design/09iovi.html?pagewanted=all&amp;position=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYTimes</a></p>