Art: Form Evokes Function

With the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, U.S. architecture has been sadly wanting in men who are both poet-visionaries and builders as well. One architect who comes close to filling the role is Philadelphia's Louis I. Kahn, 59, a short, wiry figure almost unknown outside his own profession, but whose thoughtful making of spaces provides what many critics consider a whole textbook of new forms.

Last week Lou Kahn found himself unhappily pinpointed in the limelight. At the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Eero Saarinen awarded Kahn the institute's prized Brunner. Award as "a man who has used his superior gifts...

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