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eBook I. M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture (Revised Edition) download ISBN: 0810934779
Author: Carter Wiseman
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Revised edition (September 1, 2001)
Language: English
Pages: 340
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Abrams first published Wiseman's study of .

Abrams first published Wiseman's study of . Pei was also thinking small as he aged, taking on commissions and building a harmony that played out in dramatic forms that match their purpose. He has written on architecture and design for such publications as Newsweek, Architectural Record, Interior Design, and American Heritage.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 304-305) and index.

Pei has designed some of the world's most elegant and powerful buildings  . Pei has designed some of the.

M. Pei : A Profile in American Architecture. This book traces Pei through early struggles with less inspiring projects that he nonetheless managed to give creative flair, through to later projects that, having gained an international reputation, he could finally command with great creative freedom. He was now a recognised artist. He continued to do 'regular' work for corporations, schools, housing and municipal organisations, but he could also command the 'plum' jobs of significant and lasting structures.

Illustrated from the rich archives of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the book charts Pei's progress from his birth in China in 1917 through every milestone in his career to his preeminent position today. Abrams first published Wiseman's study of .

In 1990, I. M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture was published as the first full-length study of the life and work of this extraordinary artist. Illustrated from the rich archives of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the book charts Pei's progress from his birth in China in 1917 through every milestone in his career to his preeminent position today.

He focuses his text on twelve buildings of special relevance to Pei's career, and, whether discussing the Kennedy Library, the Louvre, or the Meyerson Symphony Center, he carefully considers the projects architectural, sociological, and personal dimensions. One sees how Pei's artistic vision has emerged, how he has deftly met the demands of each new situation and client, and how his charmismatic personality.

Item Number: 964. New York: Abrams, 1990. Chinese-American architect Pei . has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Pritzker Prize, and the Praemium Imperiale. Folio, original black cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. His work ranges from the Kennedy Library in Boston to the Louvre's controversial glass pyramid addition, some of the distinguished public buildings of the last half century. This first book-length career survey traces Pei's rise from an MIT engineering student to head of an internationally renowned architectural firm.

Wiseman, Carter (2001). I. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture. Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation alumni. Download as PDF. Printable version. p. 35. ISBN 9780810934771. Articles with hCards.

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In 1990, I. M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture was published as the first full-length study of the life and work of this extraordinary artist. The revised edition includes a chapter on Pei's work since 1990, when he established a new relationship with his firm that enabled him to pursue more small scale, personal commissions. Illustrated from the rich archives of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the book charts Pei's progress from his birth in China in 1917 through every milestone in his career to his preeminent position today. The author, noted architecture critic Carter Wiseman, has supplemented extensive and meticulous research with many hours of conversation with Pei, his family, his associates, and his clients. Wiseman focuses his text on the buildings of special relevance to Pei's career, and, whether discussing the Kennedy Library, the Meyerson Symphony Center, or the Louvre, he carefully considers the project's architectural, sociological, and personal dimensions. One sees how Pei's artistic vision has emerged, how he has deftly met the demands of each new situation and client, and how his charismatic personality has affected events.Scores of color photographs present Pei's buildings in all their splendid variety - from the urban grandeur of the Dallas City Hall to the daring innovation of the Bank of China skyscraper. Dozens of revealing drawings, plans, and models as well as personal and documentary photographs make this volume the only comprehensive visual record of Pei's work.
Comments: (7)
Purestone
No problem. I saw this book many years ago so when I found it here and at a very low price I ordered. Delivered as promised
Goldcrusher
I Have always appreciated his work and it is nice to see and learn about his works and him. Am happy I ordered it
shustrik
Son loved the book.
Lightwind
When one thinks of the name I.M. Pei today, one's mind immediately goes to the Pyramid at the Louvre, Paris, or the Bank of China building in Hong Kong; perhaps one might think of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. My first thought always goes to the Fine Arts Museum in Bloomington, Indiana, home of my undergraduate college - this building was still considered 'the new museum' when I started in 1982, and it became one of my favourite places on campus, not just because of the glorious collections housed there, but because of the interesting feel of the building architecturally, both inside and out. The kinds of angles and lines on the exterior are reminiscent of other gallery work of Pei; the interior with high-vaulted, complex-girder bounded windows as a lobby between the particular galleries on separate floors (mostly without windows, the better to protect the artwork) is a wonder to sit and contemplate.

This book traces I.M. Pei from his early days as a student (primarily at M.I.T. and Harvard) and protege of Zeckendorf, 'the most flamboyant real estate developer of his time' - Zeckendorf had one of the first car phones in the United States, almost half a century before cell phones would become commonplace. Zeckendorf and Pei made for an interesting team, going from bigger to bigger projects all over the world. However, in the end, Pei had to strike out on his own.

He had already begun to do this on projects like the Luce Memorial Chapel in Taiwan, whose angles and interior design were both inspired and inspirational, showing an unusual harmony of geometric form.

This book traces Pei through early struggles with less inspiring projects that he nonetheless managed to give creative flair, through to later projects that, having gained an international reputation, he could finally command with great creative freedom. He was now a recognised artist. He continued to do 'regular' work for corporations, schools, housing and municipal organisations, but he could also command the 'plum' jobs of significant and lasting structures.

Many of his works show a genius not only of design for the structures themselves but also an appreciation of the environment in which they are situated. Examples of this include the towers in Philadelphia, which soar over the much older buildings in the city without detracting from their own variety of 'Revolutionary' flair, and the Fragrant Hill Hotel in Beijing, which incorporated the Chinese sense of interconnectedness of buildings with gardens and nature.

This is a beautifully done book, with hundreds of illustrations throughout a text that is both informative and accessible, interesting in being written as a story and set of reminiscences rather than a straight architectural treatise.
Bralore
This book is ideal for the reader who enjoys the traditional format of architectural history. It contains background information, interesting stories behind some of I. M. Pei's most famous works, and a nice biographical sketch of the architect. Arguably, it is also one of the more "comprehensive" monogram that features Pei's architecture.
Although the photographs are beautiful, this book lacks depth if you are planning to study Pei's work. The plans are too small and are only mere fragments of the buildings. Photographs are artistically taken and fail to give a sense of the entire spatial composition of Pei's intricate design. None of the buildings are examined critically.
All in all, if you are looking for an entertaining reading then this book is ideal for you. But if you are looking into critically understanding Pei's work, then this book is really insufficient.
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CONTENTS
Introduction 10
Chapter 1 An Orderly Enigma 14
Chapter 2 China, MIT, and Harvard (1917--48): The Shaping of an Architect 28
Chapter 3 The Zeckendorf Days (1948--60): Learning to Think Big 46
Chapter 4 The National Center for Atmospheric Research (1961--67): The Journey from Planning to Form 72
Chapter 5 The John F. Kennedy Library (1964--79): Gateway to Fame 92
Chapter 6 The Dallas Municipal Administration Center (1966--77): Symbol for a City 120
Chapter 7 The John Hancock Tower (1966--76): A Near Fatal Beauty 138
Chapter 8 The East Building of the National Gallery (1968--78): The Power of Art, Taste, and Money 154
Chapter 9 The Fragrant Hill Hotel (1979--82): You Can't Quite Go Home Again 184
Chapter 10 The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (1979--86): The Wages of Politics and Technology 208
Chapter 11 Le Grand Louvre (1983--89): The Battle of the Pyramid 228
Chapter 12 1989: "The Year of Pei" 262
Notes 302
Bibliography 304
Catalogue of Works 306
Index 312
Acknowledgments 319
Photograph Credits 320
Heri
A very user-friendly book about this humble but undisputedbly one of the greatest architect of this century. The book is humane in the sense that it potrays I M Pei as the architect, & also, I M Pei the person behind the limelight. It's only fair to have his legacy left behind in all corners of the world signifying how irrelevant that is of what race you are to be regarded as a complete person & architect. His genius has transcends borders, cultures, & time. I couldn't help noticing that the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, & the shrine in Japan, & probably other masterpieces weren't included in the book. Perhaps it's time to have the book updated.
This is a good overview of Pei, providing insights into his background, approach and achievements. More imporantly, it outlines the broad steps from concept to implementation -- especially his work to recreate the Louvre in Paris where he had to appease 51 million Xenophobic clients. Very engrossing book, well written, though one misses Pei's own direct input.