November 16, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Director and writer Nathaniel Kahn will show his film My Architect: A Son's Journey, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The film and following discussion are part of the university's ongoing Science, Technology and Society series, "The Elegant Equation: Engineering and the Art of Architecture."

Louis Kahn was internationally known for his innovative buildings that include the Phillips Exeter Library and Salk Institute as well as the government complex in Bangladesh.

Nathaniel Kahn grew up in Philadelphia and attended Yale University. He wrote the play "Owl's Breath" in 1989, which was presented Off-Broadway. In 1992 he co-wrote "The Room," a short dramatic film about a boy whose room falls out of a building.

He also has made a number of documentaries that explore environmental issues, including "Wilderness: The Last Stand," which was broadcast on PBS and nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

"My Architect," his first feature-length film, includes archival footage of Louis Kahn and interviews with architects Frank Gehry, Robert Stern, and Philip Johnson.

"The child of one of Louis Kahn's three concurrent families, Nathaniel Kahn is splendidly positioned to investigate his father," according to Mary Brantl, visiting assistant professor of art and art history and one of three faculty coordinators of the series.

"He used his film to come to know his father, Louis Kahn, from the latter's messy personal life to his brilliant architecture. The film stands as a son's appreciative tribute as well as a study in obsession and genius," she said.

Other events in the series are:

Feb. 22, 2006: "A Culture of Construction: Technical Thought and Theory in Architecture and Engineering," with Tom Peters, Lehigh University;

March 30: "The Aesthetics of Technology: Debates on Building in Berlin from Karl Friedrich Schinkel to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe," with Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University;

April 3: "Fallingwater: Structural Preservation for a Work of Art," with John Matteo, Robert Silman Associates.

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