Synopses & Reviews
Jill Rubalcaba tells the conflict-ridden stories behind six of Pei's most
celebrated buildings, all turning points in Pei's distinguished career:
National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO), John F.
Kennedy Presidential Library (Boston, MA), National Gallery of Art,
East Building (Washington, DC), Fragrant Hill Hotel (near Forbidden
City, China), Louvre (Paris, France), and the Miho Museum (Japan).
Each story, illustrated with drawings, architectural plans, and photographs,
follows Pei on his journey???from his search for design inspiration, through
the trials of construction, to the finished project. Although Pei claims
that he does not have a stylistic signature, his buildings are identified by
geometric form and minimalist beauty, an integral relationship with their
natural surroundings, and a profound respect for the past while exceeding
the needs of those who utilize them. His architectural sensibilities
and achievements have made Pei one of the premier archi