World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area
s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.
The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr
ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.
The central government has made arrangements to offer support to
the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi
nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.
He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and
evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.
Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.