The Uncharted Kahn: The Visuality of Planning and Promotion in the 1930s and 1940s

Shanken, Andrew M.
June 2006
Art Bulletin;Jun2006, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p310
Academic Journal
The article deals with the visuality of urban planning promoted by architect Louis I. Kahn between the 1920s and the 1940s in the U.S. He created a plan during World War II in an attempt to propagandize urban planning to the public. While urban planning had dropped its allegorical pretensions, Kahn moved beyond slum clearance to a wider view of planning. Kahn was searching for a visual language to express planning in a moment of shifting conventions in art, architecture, and planning.


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