Looking Back at I.M. Pei's Plan for Oklahoma City

I.M. Pei's 1964 redesign of Oklahoma City involved the destruction of more than 500 buildings. It was abandoned in the 80s. A model now on display reveals the modernist ideal that Pei envisioned and eventually failed to inspire redevelopment.

"We still are working with the Pei Plan, and in some ways, some of us feel like we're working against the Pei Plan," says Hans Butzer, a professor or architectural design at Oklahoma University in the video that accompanies the article.

The exhibit also includes photographs put together by historic preservationists showing Oklahoma City buildings that were lost in the redesign.

Full Story: Downtown Oklahoma City's plan revisited



Villa Radieuse re-deux

Proof positive that IM Pei was just another modernist hack. First, I had to hear about towers in Philadelphia's Society Hill (18th century neighborhood) just like the ones proposed for Oklahoma City. The window proportion spread out over 30-40 stories in pre-cast concrete where supposed to be similar to the window proportions on the Georgian fabric. Now I come to find out he had his own Villa Radieuse meglomania plans for some midwestern city. This guy sucked more than I can imagine.

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