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César Pelli obituary

Distinguished architect who designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and One Canada Square in London

César Pelli will be remembered as a designer of world-beating skyscrapers, but for him the quality of his projects was more important than their height. The Argentinian-American architect, who has died aged 92, is best known for the towering landmarks he added to the skylines around the world: the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (formerly the world’s tallest building), One Canada Square in London, the World Financial Center in New York, the Torre de Cristal in Madrid, the Gran Torre Santiago in the Chilean capital, the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, and the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Many of those structures are the among the tallest in their respective city or country, but Pelli preferred to judge his own work in more abstract terms: the emotional responses they generated, the clarity and economy of their designs, and their contribution to their cities as visual symbols, as spaces rather than objects. At the opening of One Canada Square, he quoted the Chinese philosopher Laozi: “The reality of a hollow object is in the void and not in the walls that define it.”

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US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo Two U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance planes flew over California in March 2016. The rare formation is also known as "The Double Deuce." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The majority of the strategic ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) platforms operate as single-ships: The "recce" aircraft is launched from its homebase (or from a forward operating location) and it is flown by the recon pilot on a pre-planned photo route, "alone and unafraid." The U-2 Dragon Lady is among them. Since its first flight back in 1955 and throughout its career, the legendary reconnaissance plane has always operated close (if not over) enemy territory, gathering vital intelligence from an altitude of 70,000 feet where most of enemy interceptors or surface to air missiles could not reach it. Up there, at the "edge of space" (as someone dubbed it), there's no need to fly in pair as you don't need the mutual support a wingman provides.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The U-2 spy plane is so hard to fly pilots have to perform a 'controlled crash' just to land itSee Also:Check out this F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft being restored for display at the Ronald Reagan Library8 aircraft the US Air Force could get rid of to pay for other thingsUS F-35 fighter jets are all still 'below service expectations' for all the services that have themSEE ALSO: U-2 spy planes have lurked all over the world for 64 years — here's how the Dragon Lady keeps an eye on the battlefield
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