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Louis Kahn Quotes

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.
Louis Kahn
#American Architect #Architecture

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.
Louis Kahn
#American Architect

Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.
Louis Kahn
#American Architect #Beauty

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
Louis Kahn
#American Architect #Architecture

Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.
Louis Kahn
#American Architect #Architecture

To express is to drive.And when you want to give something presence, you have to consult nature.And there is where Design comes in.And if you think of Brick, for instance,and you say to Brick,""What do you want Brick?""And Brick says to you""I like an Arch.""And if you say to Brick""Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lentil over you. What do you think of that?""""Brick?""Brick says:""... I like an Arch""
Louis Kahn
#Nature

To express is to drive.<br/>And when you want to give something presence, <br/>you have to consult nature.<br/>And there is where Design comes in.<br/><br/>And if you think of Brick, for instance,<br/>and you say to Brick,<br/>"What do you want Brick?"<br/>And Brick says to you<br/>"I like an Arch."<br/>And if you say to Brick<br/>"Look, arches are expensive, <br/>and I can use a concrete lentil over you. <br/>What do you think of that?"<br/>"Brick?"<br/>Brick says:<br/>"... I like an Arch"
Louis Kahn
#Brick

A Work of Art<br/>... is not a living thing ...<br/>that walks or runs.<br/>But the making of a life.<br/>That which gives you a reaction.<br/>To some it is the wonder of Man's Fingers.<br/>To some it is the wonder of the Mind.<br/>To some it is the wonder of Technique.<br/>And to some it is how Real it is.<br/>To some, how Transcendent it is.<br/><br/>Like the 5th Symphony <br/>it presents itself with a feeling <br/>that you know it, if you have heard it once.<br/>And you look for it,<br/>and though you know it you must hear it again.<br/>Though you know it you must see it again.<br/>Truly a work of Art is one that tells us, <br/>that Nature cannot make what man can make.
Louis Kahn
#Fingers

All material in nature, <br/>the mountains and the streams and the air and we, <br/>are made of Light which has been spent, <br/>and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, <br/>and the shadow belongs to Light.<br/><span style="margin-left:10px"></span>- Louis Kahn
Louis Kahn
#Mountains