Louis Kahn Talks Honoring Materials…also to Bricks

My interest with architect Louis Kahn began with the documentary on his life by his son Nathaniel  “My Architect” (available here), and the after writing about the movie a few months ago (check it out here), I finally purchased the film on DVD from a local Blockbuster (yes, they’re still around…although this location was closing).  Anyways,the video above shows Louis Kahn lecturing to a group of graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 about the importance of having respect for your building materials. Don’t worry, just because Mr. Kahn is recounting a conversation he had with a brick, doesn’t mean he’s crazy. Maybe.   Continue reading “Louis Kahn Talks Honoring Materials…also to Bricks”

“My Architect,” Nathaniel Kahn profiles his father, architect Louis Kahn

I remember when I first saw My Architect: A Son’s Journey, the 2003 documentary film about American architect Louis I. Kahn. The College of Architecture at Texas A&M has sponsoring a viewing of the film at Rudder Auditorium on-campus in 2004, and it was the first architecture-related film I can recall watching, and I really enjoyed it.  Kahn led an extraordinary career as an architect when he died bankrupt and alone due to a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom in 1974.  When Kahn died, he had been deemed by many as the greatest living American architect. However, his body remained unidentified for two whole days and he was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. His son, Nathaniel Kahn, was 11-years-old then, and this personal documentary he made serves as a record of his quest to finally put the pieces of his father’s compartmentalized life together.   Continue reading ““My Architect,” Nathaniel Kahn profiles his father, architect Louis Kahn”