Louis Kahn: The man who listened to the bricks
Louis Kahn, one of the finest modern architects, designed the IIM-A campus in 1974. As it undergoes restoration, a writer recounts the experience of living there and revisits the architect who envisioned it
The biography of an architect presents an interesting challenge. All good biographies, and autobiographies, are stories of not just people but also ideas and institutions. And how people interact with, adapt to, and exert influence on these ideas and institutions. But because biographies, or at least the good ones, subordinate these ideas to the individual, you are never really overwhelmed. Thus you can read a biography of Albert Einstein without entirely understanding his science, a biography of Christopher Columbus without understanding sailing, and biographies of Pelé or Diego Maradona without ever having foot meet ball in your entire life.