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I.M. Pei, Architect Of Some Of The World's Most Iconic Structures, Dies At 102


Added 05-16-19 07:06:02pm EST - “During his influential career, the Pritzker-winning architect designed everything from schools to skyscrapers. Known for spare, geometric forms, Pei said the goal was to "eliminate the inessential."” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “I.M. Pei, Architect Of Some Of The World's Most Iconic Structures, Dies At 102”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Architect I.M. Pei stands in front of the Louvre glass pyramid in Paris, just before its inauguration in March 1989. Pierre Gleizes/AP hide caption

Architect I.M. Pei stands in front of the Louvre glass pyramid in Paris, just before its inauguration in March 1989.

Crowds around the world flow through the buildings designed by architect I.M. Pei; in Paris, they stream into the Louvre's Pyramid entrance. In Cleveland, they wander through the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And in Hong Kong, they travel up and down the soaring Bank of China Tower.

His designs were widely praised — but not always at first. When his large, glass pyramid opened at the entrance to the Louvre in 1988, it was not well-received.

"I would say the first year and a half was really hell," the architect said in a PBS documentary. "I couldn't walk the streets of Paris without people walking looking at me and saying: There you go again. What are you doing here? What are you doing to us? What are you doing to our great Louvre?"

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