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By Louise Chipley Slavicek

In 1935, 17-year-old I.M. Pei left his kin in Shanghai, China, to check structure within the usa. although he had meant to come back domestic after incomes his university measure, the japanese invasion of China and the outbreak of worldwide struggle II replaced his plans. Following the Communist takeover of China in 1949, Pei made up our minds to stay in the USA to advance his budding architectural occupation, changing into a U.S. citizen in 1954. Over the subsequent part century, Pei could identify himself as one of many major architects on the planet. most sensible recognized for his brilliant glass pyramid front to the Louvre, Pei has designed dozens of alternative seriously acclaimed constructions, together with the East construction of the nationwide Gallery of artwork in Washington, D.C. Pei's newest undertaking, accomplished while he used to be ninety one years previous, is the commonly praised Museum of Islamic paintings in Qatar.

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They had spent their entire lives in the United States, attending American schools, making American friends, and speaking nothing but English, even with their parents. Consequently, they looked on the United States, not China, as their true homeland, and they very much wanted to stay there. S. citizenship oath at New York City’s Polo Grounds along with 10,000 other immigrants from around the globe. S. ) Years later, Pei reflected on his emotional state that November day and on the consequences of his decision to become an American citizen: On the one hand, feelings of sorrow at having to abandon our culture, our roots, our ancestral home.

M. Pei designed and built a small house in the hills of Katonah, outside of New York City, where his growing family could escape from the city on weekends. M. and Eileen planted Chinese pine trees and a Chinese-style garden near the house. Over the years, Pei later reflected, the garden and trees played an important role in helping him cope with his homesickness for his birth country: We created a little garden—very small but very Chinese—with some grasses and flowers which reminded us of China.

It was at that moment that I said I would like to prove something to myself, that there is a limit to the internationalization of architecture,” he reminisced.  . ” Pei hoped to use his master’s thesis project to try to prove his point about the importance of a country’s unique culture and history for architectural design. For his thesis topic, he chose to create a plan for an art museum in his old hometown, Shanghai. Pei designed the building in the Modernist, or International Style, favored by Gropius and Breuer, with a cubic shape and very little surface decoration.

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