Louis I. Kahn - Silence and Light

Edited by Alessandro Vassella

Prologue by Balkrishna V. Doshi


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Louis I Kahn’s lecture of 12 February 1969 at ETH Zurich’s School of Architecture, revealing his remarkable creative thinking and his spiritual understanding of architecture, which goes far deeper than simply constructing buildings. It also gives a remarkably prescient account of a belief in sustainable architecture that prefigures the twenty-first century’s focus on green technology.

Modern Architecture, Monograph
Louis I. Kahn (1901–74) was one of the foremost architects in America during the twentieth century. His notable buildings include the Yale Study Center; the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California; and the Exeter Library in Exeter, New Hampshire. On February 12, 1969, Kahn gave a lecture at the School of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Entitled Silence and Light, the lecture is represented in transcripts in five different languages (German, Italian, English, French, and Spanish), as well as an audio recording of Kahn giving the lecture in English included on CD. To complement the original text, the editor has included a preface written by Kahn’s close friend and fellow architect Balkrishna V. Doshi, as well as many of Kahn’s own images and drawings, some of which have never been published before.

Alessandro Vassella, born 1945, lives and works as an architect in Zürich. He is co-author of the classic monograph Louis I. Kahn – Complete Work 1935–1974.
Balkrishna V. Doshi, born 1927, is an Indian architect. He has been collaborating with Le Corbusier in 1951–1954 and with Louis I. Kahn in 1962–1974.


45 b/w, 1 audio-CD 

168 pages, 45 illustrations
Paperback, 16.2x26.2 cm
German, French, Spanish, English, Italian
Park Books, 1st edition 2013
ISBN 9783906027180