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Ages 12+ This handsome book introduces the life and work of architect I. M. Pei. Born in China, he came to the U.S. in 1935 to study architecture. Though he never returned to his homeland to live, his later work expressed cultural and artistic values absorbed during his childhood in addition to his education as an architect and the strong influence of Corbusier. After discussing Pei s early work in urban redevelopment, Rubalcaba focuses on seven later projects around the world: the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, the Fragrant Hill Hotel, the Bank of China, the redesigned Louvre, and the Miho Museum. Each chapter looks at Pei s approach to one project, the challenges he encountered, and how he achieved his vision for the building. Illustrations
include sketches, site models, and photos. Back matter includes a timeline, a bibliography, source notes for quotes, and lists of suggested books and websites. Like Pei s buildings, the book s design has a clean aesthetic that is spacious, functional, and inviting. Color is used sparingly, but effectively. The wide, white pages carry well-spaced lines of type, with red chapter headings, page numbers, and linear borders for
illustrations. A fascinating introduction to this significant architect.
Carolyn Phelan, Booklist, November 1st Issue --STARRED - Carolyn Phelan, Booklist, November 1st Issue
Exceptionally attractive bookmaking enhances the story of Pei s career: stylish font with wide leading on generous white space; delicately framed color photographs, plans, elevations, and sketches harmonize with the text layout; bibliography, timeline, notes, resources, major Pei deigns, and index enjoy care in design seldom lavished on end matter. This is an essential addition to the 720s and a first choice for adolescents imagining a future in architecture or engineering. --STARRED - The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, December 2011
Jill Rubalcaba lives in Middletown, Connecticut. Her recent book, Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates, co-authored with Peter Robertshaw, was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
To be honest, I was a novice to the works of this genius. I had heard of him, but not connected the name to the buildings, etc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda J. Schiller-Hanna
If you have a child (of about 10 years of age or more) who is interested in becoming an architect, civil engineer, or community planner, this would be a GREAT motivator! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer Since Amazon Sold Only Books
Wife is in the business and enjoyed the book tremendously. We keep it out in the living room coffee table.Published on April 25, 2013 by Jim Thorpe
Jill Rubalcaba's book about the architect I.M. Pei (who's full name is Ieoh Ming Pei) is beautifully done and covers a brief history of his early life and upbringing, while also... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Anthony Pantliano
Summary: Great book for an overview of I.M. Pei and his most famous works. Somewhere on the book it is recommended for 12 and up, though I'd suggest that you could easily go down... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Y. R. Wu
At the end of the day this is a coffee table book that people will want to flip through to look at the pictures of Pei's brilliant buildings. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by R.D. Monsoon
The buildings, the designs, the ideas. They are amazing.
My BEST ever trip to Paris was while the Louvre was being redesigned and I was lucky to experience first hand... Read more
this is an excellent book that provides some details the life as well as many of products of the architect. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Robert W. Smith
This is a very good book for what it is. It's basically a coffee table bio of I.M.Pei and has exactly what I'd want to see in a coffee table book. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by John B. Goode