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Geometries of Reading, Light of Learning: Louis I. Kahn’s Library at Phillips Exeter

  • Shannon Mattern
Part of the Nexus Network Journal book series (NNJ, volume 12,3)

Abstract

In Louis I. Kahn’s library at Phillips Exeter Academy geometries of architecture and media function as parallel rhetorical systems, sometimes complementing, sometimes contradicting one another. This present paper examines how the geometric forms of the library shape patrons’ relationships to media in the collection, and how Kahn’s elementary geometries have accommodated new media characterized by non-geometric, non-linear forms.

Keywords

Louis Kahn acoustics libraries design analysis meaning symbolism geometry 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon Mattern
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  1. 1.Dept. of Media Studies and FilmThe New SchoolNew YorkUSA

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