The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn

Cover, The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn

Created by Richard Saul Wurman

Published by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press, in collaboration with Designers & Books

216 pages, 15.00 x 11.20 , 177 color + b-w illustrations, including 4 gatefolds, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-300-26384-8

Publication date: April 2022


A deluxe sleeved set that includes a facsimile republication of a classic work on Louis Kahn and an accompanying volume of new writings by colleagues, architects, and the Kahn family.

The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn, originally published in 1962 and long out of print, was the first book on the architect to feature Kahn’s own images and words—and it was Kahn’s favorite book on his work. It includes his early sketches, reproduced at full size, from his European travels in the 1950s as well as renderings of the designs for several of his notable buildings, along with unpublished speeches and excerpts from lectures, radio broadcasts, and other sources.

In this magnificent sleeve-encased two-book set, a facsimile of the original publication is accompanied by an illustrated Reader’s Guide that features essays and commentary by writers including Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Paul Goldberger, scholars Mark Gunderson and William Whitaker, as well the Yale Center for British Art’s Paul Mellon Director, Courtney J. Martin; Louis Kahn’s three children—Nathaniel Kahn, Sue Ann Kahn, and Alexandra Tyng; and fellow architects such as Tadao Ando, Denise Scott Brown, and Frank Gehry that contextualize the enormous impact and continuing legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most influential architects.

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