January 23, 2004 |
When the visionary American architect Louis I. Kahn died in 1974 at age 73, his front page New York Times obituary listed a wife and a daughter as his only survivors. Not quite. For Kahn, a flawed man whose buildings were impeccable, left not one but three families, all living within a few miles of each other in the Philadelphia area but never sharing the same physical space until the funeral.
January 18, 2004 |
On its surface, the documentary "My Architect," which traces an illegitimate son's painful quest to understand a distant father, is about dishonesty. But the film's subtext is the more baffling link between creative genius and human fallibility, between a man who created some of the 20th century's most moving architectural works and one whose personal life left deep psychological scars on those closest to him.
July 10, 1999
Nicolai Ouroussoff's article on the Museum of Modern Art's "Un-Private House" exhibition ("At MOMA, Homes for a World in Flux," July 2) brings to mind a comment by the late Louis Kahn regarding a particular profession. He said, "They are like chickens who think they can fly." He continued, "And when they lay an egg, they think they have had an idea." Architects face formidable social and moral dilemmas today as in: The failure of a great democracy to realize a built environment commensurate with its unique political achievement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1997
Louis Kahn, 87, a retired drill press operator for Bell & Howell, died Saturday at his home in Thousand Oaks following a sudden illness. Kahn was born Dec. 23, 1909, in Milwaukee. He spent his childhood and early adult life in Milwaukee, and in 1939 he moved to Chicago, according to his daughter, Arlene Adrian of Newbury Park. After moving to Chicago, Kahn got a job with a company that sold leather to shoe repair shops. In 1940, he married his wife of 56 years, Erna.
June 8, 1993 |
Sixty-seven eucalyptus trees have crashed to the ground on what now resembles an open pit. A fleet of bulldozers has begun excavating, pushing the defenders of a classic work of architecture to the brink of no return. It may appear that the battle is over, but the critics of a controversial expansion of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies say the real fight has just begun. In recent days, the skirmish between the institute and some of the nation's premier architects has widened to include state and national offices for historic preservation and agencies that give the research facility up to $28 million a year in federal money.
May 23, 1993 |
LOUIS I. KAHN: In The Realm Of Architecture by David B. Brownlee and David G. De Long, introduction by Vincent Scully (MOCA/Rizzoli: $65; $40 paper; 448 pp.) Published to accompany a major exhibition organized by MOCA, this book is intended to be the definitive scholarly source on Louis Kahn, a visionary architect who thus far has been given short shrift in the history books.