October 15, 2021

Cadwell and Murphy Publish in Louis Kahn: The Importance of a Drawing

Essays by Professor Emeritus of Architecture and former Knowlton School Director Michael Cadwell and Professor Emeritus of Architecture Jane Murphy join others in addressing Kahn's drawings.

Essays by Professor Emeritus of Architecture and former Knowlton School Director Michael Cadwell and Professor Emeritus of Architecture Jane Murphy are included in Louis Kahn: The Importance of a Drawing. Cadwell contributed “An Offering” and Murphy “Drawing (on) Walls.”

Unlike previous publications on Kahn, which have focused on his built work and which considered the drawings foremost as illustrations of these, this is the first in-depth study of drawings as primary sources of insight into Kahn’s architecture and creative imagination.

By offering a spectrum of close readings of drawings by Kahn and his associates in a series of incisive and richly illustrated essays, this book is at once an intimate artistic portrait of this important architect and a provocative and timely contribution to the current discourse on representation in architecture. For architects and students of architecture, Kahn’s lasting significance is not only in the buildings he built, but in how he designed them.

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