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Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out, Hardback Book


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Over two hundred - mostly unpublished - drawings by Kahn and his associates are woven together with a lively and informed commentary into an intimate biography of an architectural idea.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