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IM Pei’s Active Retirement

BY Harry Perlmutter

IM Pei Architect with Pei Partnership Architects, Suzhou Museum of Art (Completed 2006) 

View from garden. Suzhou, China. Courtesy the architects.

As many Asian countries ride an exuberant wave of hybrid capitalism, adapting free market principles to local political systems, apparatchiks and entrepreneurs alike are engaging in that age-old human enterprise of erecting monuments to their own success. With superhighways and skyscrapers already accounted for, their efforts are now focused on constructing landmark museums designed by superstar architects - the bigger the name the better. This building frenzy…

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