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Architect I.M. Pei Leaves Behind Worldwide Legacy Fusing Tradition And Modernity

Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei poses in his office in New York, October 28, 1981. Pei died earlier this week at age 102. (M. Reichenthal/AP)
Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei poses in his office in New York, October 28, 1981. Pei died earlier this week at age 102. (M. Reichenthal/AP)

The legacy of architect I.M. Pei stretches from west to east, from the Louvre Museum to his native China, where he helped fuse tradition and modernity as the country opened up after the Cultural Revolution. Pei, who died earlier this week at the age of 102, added elegance to landscapes worldwide, with powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Blair Kamin ( @blairkamin), architecture critic for The Chicago Tribune.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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