Through sheer determination and courage, Kahn has researched the nature of concrete. Each of his renowned works in exposed concrete is itself an important chapter in the history of architecture for the exploration into concrete’s formal expression, beyond the lesson of Le Corbusier. Kahn’s obsession on concrete fabrication processes, and the values of joint, growth and ornament, are systematically examined in the paper. Moving through the many construction systems experienced by Kahn, from the discovery of exposed concrete in the form of béton brut at the Yale Art Gallery, the paper culminates in the reconstruction of the artistic and technical characteristics of two great worksite, the Salk Institute and the Dhaka Parliament. Kahn’s path to the true ‘nature of concrete’ and the main techniques and poetic discoveries such as the ‘liquid stone’ of the Salk Institute and the expression of ‘growth’ at the Dhaka Parliament, are examined.

Joint, growth and ornament of Kahn’s cast-in-place concrete / Anna Rosellini. - STAMPA. - (2015), pp. 297-307. (Intervento presentato al convegno Construction History Society, Second Annual Conference tenutosi a Queen's College, University of Cambridge nel 20-21/03/2015).

Joint, growth and ornament of Kahn’s cast-in-place concrete

ROSELLINI, ANNA
2015

Abstract

Through sheer determination and courage, Kahn has researched the nature of concrete. Each of his renowned works in exposed concrete is itself an important chapter in the history of architecture for the exploration into concrete’s formal expression, beyond the lesson of Le Corbusier. Kahn’s obsession on concrete fabrication processes, and the values of joint, growth and ornament, are systematically examined in the paper. Moving through the many construction systems experienced by Kahn, from the discovery of exposed concrete in the form of béton brut at the Yale Art Gallery, the paper culminates in the reconstruction of the artistic and technical characteristics of two great worksite, the Salk Institute and the Dhaka Parliament. Kahn’s path to the true ‘nature of concrete’ and the main techniques and poetic discoveries such as the ‘liquid stone’ of the Salk Institute and the expression of ‘growth’ at the Dhaka Parliament, are examined.
2015
Studies in the History of Consctruction. The Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Construction History Society
297
307
Joint, growth and ornament of Kahn’s cast-in-place concrete / Anna Rosellini. - STAMPA. - (2015), pp. 297-307. (Intervento presentato al convegno Construction History Society, Second Annual Conference tenutosi a Queen's College, University of Cambridge nel 20-21/03/2015).
Anna Rosellini
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