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Let there be light: The forgotten genius of Louis Kahn

Kahn’s dichotomous architecture combines the serenity of classical architecture with the restlessness of modernist abstraction

The Salk Institute in California: construction workers poured countless samples for the concrete walls, before Kahn found the right texture. © The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, photo John Nicolais

Plenty of art, in every medium, never finds its way outside the inner circle of experts. But Louis Kahn’s public invisibility is particularly unfortunate. Architects revere his buildings, but outside…

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