I.M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture by Carter Wiseman

By Carter Wiseman

"I.M. Pei: A Profile in American structure" is the 1st full-length learn of the existence and paintings of his outstanding artist. Illustrated from the wealthy data of Pei Cobb Freed & companions, the publication charts Pei's development from his beginning in China in 1917 via each milestone in his occupation to his preeminent place this present day. the writer, famous structure critic Carter Wiseman, has supplemented broad and meticulous study with many hours of dialog with Pei, his kinfolk, and his affiliates. He focuses his textual content on twelve structures of precise relevance to Pei's occupation, and, no matter if discussing the Kennedy Library, the Louvre, or the Meyerson Symphony heart, he conscientiously considers the tasks architectural, sociological, and private dimensions. One sees how Pei's creative imaginative and prescient has emerged, how he has deftly met the calls for of every new state of affairs and patron, and the way his charmismatic character has affected occasions.

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York. At it> estimates, roughly 20. 500 hotel rooms, and flamboyant real estate developer of his time, intrigued the young Pei with his grand ambitions. The developer did much of his deal- making on his car telephone, one of the few in private use at million. Zeckendorf liked big limousines with "W Z William Zeckendorf, the most plates . big cigars, and big 47 the time. deals. he wine cellar on his seventy-acre estate I housed an estimated I 2-+. 000 le one through midtown in his Greenwich, Connecticut, one of the largest in the country.

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