Louis Kahn's Situated Modernism
Yale University Press, 2001
Sarah Williams Goldhagen
"This book will durably change the paradigm by which we have viewed Louis Kahn now for several decades."
-- Francesco Passanti
"This book offers a refreshingly new reading of Louis Kahn . . . far from being a solitary genius, Kahn was deeply involved in the discourse of his time, searching for an architecture that would foster community within a democratic society."
-- Alan Colquhoun, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
"Goldhagen's study does not follow the traditional, outmoded formula of the biographical monograph. The book begins with the fundamental assertion that human propositions and actions are inserted into what Michel Foucault called "discourse" and what Pierre Bourdieu deemed a "field". . . according to Goldhagen, Kahn's works are echoes of larger debates that troubled a generation of north American architects, intellectuals, and critics. This book's methodology obliges its readers to rethink the complex web of reality and the social as it is re-actualized in Kahn's thought."
-- Caroline Maniaque, L'Architecture d'au jourd'hui
"Goldhagen helps us to see that Kahn in fundamental ways remained a modernist. This was embedded in his core beliefs: that architecture was an agent of social change, that architecture had to reshape itself to meet the needs of society, and that architectural abstraction was a potent language."
-- David Brownlee, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"This book attempts to re-define Modernism through Kahn, and one cannot help having sympathy and respect for the attitudes expressed in such a unique work."
-- Hiroshi Matsukama, A+U
Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture
MIT Press, 2001
Sarah Williams Goldhagen (Editor)
Réjean Legault (Editor)
"This book gracefully and intelligently refutes the perception of 'the several decades of architectural culture that followed the Second World War as an interregnum between an expiring modernism and a dawning postmodernism.'"
-- John Morris Dixon, ARQ
"It is not possible to do justice to these subtly crafted texts; overall the quality is quite high, the material presented fresh and provocative . . . the collection brings together a broad range of projects and architects, many of which have not been subject to substantive scholarly analysis."
-- Dianne Ghirardo, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians