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July 19, 1997
Nicolai Ouroussoff must never have seen the Louvre before I.M. Pei's pyramids were built in the courtyard ("Pei Could Cure Medical Facility," June 11). Apart from the tremendous controversy these evoked, the pyramid entrance has been a practical fiasco. Those of us who knew and used the four former entrances were horrified to see the many long lines snaking to the pyramid. Pei created congestion beyond belief and a dismal experience in the rain. Fortunately, two larger entrances have been provided subsequently, one from the Metro Line 1 station and the other from street level on the Rue de Rivoli.
July 6, 2009 | T. Rees Shapiro
Shi Pei Pu, a Chinese operatic soprano who along with his French lover was convicted of espionage and whose complicated affair inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway play "M. Butterfly" and the movie of the same title, has died. He was 70. Shi died Tuesday in Paris. An aide confirmed Shi's death to Agence France-Presse.
July 26, 1997
Regarding David W. Harlowe's letter (July 19) on the Paris Louvre expansion by I.M. Pei: The criticism of the pyramid entry designed to provide access to the two wings of the Louvre was thoroughly covered at the opening several years ago and applauded by the Parisians once they discovered the logic of choice to visit either wing. The incidental joys of the underground facilities such as cafeterias, toilet rooms, bookstore and a host of administrative spaces were not a "vast maze of intimate rooms stuffed with art" since the expanded hanging spaces for art were provided by the old Louvre wing vacated by the Finance Ministry and moved to a new building in the Bercy District.
June 5, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Even though its oft-postponed opening could still be as long as a year off, the new $1-billion Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday welcomed hundreds of doctors, nurses, donors and patrons for a look-see at the I.M. Pei-designed hospital. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Gov.
November 5, 1989
Every day, as I read our L.A. Times I ask myself "Do I like the new format?" It is not an easy question to answer, but the Oct. 22 Sunday Times spurred me to compliment you on your Real Estate section. But what motivated me to write was the article written by Leon Whiteson on the I. M. Pei building for the Creative Artists Agency. He describes the building glowingly, which I have eagerly watched being built, but also states that such a "building doesn't seem to fit where it is placed."
September 29, 1991
I. M. Pei should be thankful to Frank Gehry for the new Disney Pavilion. Someone finally created a visual travesty more offensive than that glass pimple of Pei's that erupted in the courtyard of the Louvre. SUSAN L. MILLER, Los Angeles
March 10, 1996
Regarding Joseph Giovannini's review of Michael Cannell's "I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism" (Feb. 18): As someone who has a background similar to that of Pei (graduated from the same university in China, emigrated to the United States during the same period), I have followed Pei's career with great interest and am quite proud of what he has accomplished in his adopted country. This biography, being written by a non-architect, is meant to chronicle the highlights of a remarkable life and little else.
May 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 15,000 people marched through the capital of Taiwan to demand the resignation of Premier Hau Pei-tsun, accusing him and intelligence officials of obstructing democracy. The May 9 arrest of a college student and three others accused of advocating an independent Taiwan has sparked daily demonstrations.
April 12, 1989
A 16-year-old driver who apparently had been racing another car on Placentia Avenue crashed into a telephone pole late Tuesday afternoon, killing her 14-year-old sister and critically injuring herself, police said. Cori Wang of Costa Mesa died on impact when the car her sister, Pei, was driving hit the telephone pole on the passenger side, Police Lt. Sam Cordiero said. Pei was in critical condition at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, he said. The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Placentia Avenue and Swan Circle, just north of Estancia High School.
April 13, 1989 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer
Kai Wang stood in the family room of his home in Costa Mesa on Wednesday afternoon, cradling a studio portrait of his three children and remembering the day last spring when his two teen-age girls and his 11-year-old son presented the gift to his wife for Mother's Day. "That is the kind of children they are," Wang said softly of his daughters, Cori and Pei. "Nobody helped them do it, they just went out and got it taken by themselves." On Tuesday, on a winding, dipping stretch of Placentia Avenue near Estancia High School, a sporty maroon Honda Acura which Wang had given to his oldest daughter last fall spun out of control, crossed the center line and slammed into a light pole on the other side of the street.
August 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The oldest panda raised in captivity has died at a zoo in eastern China at age 33, the official New China News Agency reported. Pei Pei died Aug. 13 of organ failure at a zoo in Hangzhou, a city southwest of Shanghai.
November 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Eason Leonard, 83, an architect whose firm worked on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the United States Holocaust Museum, died of pneumonia Nov. 13 in Carmel. Leonard was a founding partner of I.M. Pei & Partners, now known as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. For more than 30 years, he hired and managed architects who worked worldwide for the Manhattan firm.
April 27, 2003 | Laurel Wasserman, Special to The Times
Charlottetown, Canada Rain whacked the roof of our van and leaked inside the doors, soaking the back seats. We wiped the fog from the windows and peered outside. Gusts of wind arched the trees over a highway littered with leaves and fallen branches. We were catching the remnant of Hurricane Gustav. Or rather it was catching us. My husband, Lauren, and I were among 20 cyclists on an eight-day Elderhostel biking tour of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada's Maritime Provinces.
December 29, 2001
Msgr. Mattia Pei Shangde, 83, who had been under house arrest in China after a wave of arrests of leaders of the unapproved Roman Catholic Church in April, died Monday of kidney failure at a hospital in a city near Beijing. China's Communist rulers broke relations with the Vatican half a century ago. The state-sanctioned Patriotic Church does not recognize papal authority, including the right to name bishops.
May 16, 2001 | From Reuters
Workers with sledgehammers began demolishing a century-old mansion Tuesday that was occupied for years by I.M. Pei's family, despite an appeal from the renowned architect for its preservation. "It's a real shame. . . . There was nothing at all we could do," said Bei Naizheng, 44, a distant relative of Pei who uses the Chinese spelling of the family name. The city ordered her and other clan members out last weekend.
I. M. Pei never lived there. But relatives of the renowned architect are clinging to the hope that his fame will help them save the old house that stands as the last reminder of the family's heyday in turn-of-the-century Shanghai. To make way for a giant greenbelt, the city is planning to flatten the mansion that Pei's great-uncle bought in 1911.
July 13, 1986 | JANET NAIRN
Recommendations for the architect and construction manager for the expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center--a project that will have a major impact on this city during the next decade--have been forwarded by the city's Convention and Exhibition Center Authority to the mayor and City Council for review. The authority has recommended that the joint-venture team of Gruen Associates/I.M.
May 28, 2000 | DOUGLAS WISSING
The first five names on the American Institute of Architects' list of significant U.S. cities for innovation and design are hardly surprising: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. It's the sixth city that leaps out from the list: Columbus, Ind. Not Columbus, the capital of Ohio, or Columbus, Ga., known for Ft. Benning. But the Columbus in Indiana, a town of 35,000 perched at the southern edge of the prairie 40 miles south of Indianapolis.
Light, nature, the scale of the human body--the Modernists believed these elements could be used to cure many of the world's social ills. Few architects have clung to that faith more than I.M. Pei, the octogenarian who has translated that formula into myriad highly refined architectural landmarks.
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