Harriet Pattison on the Creative Process of Louis Kahn and Making History


Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban or National Parliament House was designed by Louis Kahn. Image © Sk Hasan Ali | Shutterstock

Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban or National Parliament House was designed by Louis Kahn. Image © Sk Hasan Ali | Shutterstock

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

Nathaniel Kahn’s 2003 documentary, My Architect, was at its beating heart a son’s search for his father. The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award and will be re-released later this year, explored the complicated domestic life of Louis Kahn: three children, by three different partners, all of whom were kept largely in the dark about the existence of each other. But the film was as much about the work of Louis Kahn as it was about his personal life. And, as a result, it ignited a renewed interest in his buildings, both in the mainstream culture and across architectural academia.

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