By Carter Wiseman

ISBN-10: 0810937093

ISBN-13: 9780810937093

"I.M. Pei: A Profile in American structure" is the 1st full-length learn of the existence and paintings of his amazing artist. Illustrated from the wealthy files of Pei Cobb Freed & companions, the e-book charts Pei's growth from his beginning in China in 1917 via each milestone in his occupation to his preeminent place this day. the writer, famous structure critic Carter Wiseman, has supplemented wide and meticulous examine with many hours of dialog with Pei, his kinfolk, and his affiliates. He focuses his textual content on twelve structures of specific relevance to Pei's profession, and, no matter if discussing the Kennedy Library, the Louvre, or the Meyerson Symphony middle, he rigorously considers the initiatives 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 customer, and the way his charmismatic character has affected occasions.

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