original photo Robert C. Lautman Photography Collection

original photo Robert C. Lautman Photography Collection

The Louis Kahn who emerges in the pages of Wendy Lesser’s superb new biography, You Say to Brick (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) is different from the Kahn celebrated in the extensive retrospective of his work that recently ran at the San Diego Museum of Art and will reappear this month at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. That second Kahn, in turn, is distinct in key ways from the Kahn whom I see young and mid-career architects increasingly citing as a touchstone in essays and public talks.