Architecture: Avant-Garde Anachronist

In many ways, Louis I. Kahn is architecture's favorite maverick. No trim glass and steel boxes for him. Kahn's vocabulary includes truncated towers, round arches, even domes. He was once one of the most promising pupils of French-born Architect Paul Phi lippe Cret, designer of Washington's Pan-American Union. At first glance, Kahn may seem like a Beaux-Arts architect, but at the age of 65, he has achieved near-divine status among today's architecture students.

Servant & Served Spaces. Kahn admits that he is inspired by such past piles as the Roman Emperor Hadrian's villa, the walled town of Carcassonne, the turreted...

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