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  • Associated Press Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were designed by architect Cesar Pelli. Pelli has died at the age of 92.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:00 am

Famed architect Cesar Pelli, 92, dies

Designed world's tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur

Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world's tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92.

Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work included skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York and an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, said Anibal Bellomio, a senior associate architect at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

Pelli's cause of death wasn't specified.

After growing up in Depression-era Argentina, Pelli rose to the literal heights of the architectural world. At 1,483 feet tall, his Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are among the tallest buildings on the planet.

Matt Fleury, president of the Pelli-designed Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, lauded the architect Saturday for creating “exactly the expressive, beautiful and functional structure required.”

Pelli, a former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, saw his field as “an eminently social art,” he told a magazine interviewer in 2012.

“It has a deep responsibility in everything that has to do with human beings, their history, their geography and their feelings,” he told Americas, a magazine then published by the Organization of American States.

Besides the Petronas Towers, Pelli's buildings include Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Los Angeles' colorful Pacific Design Center and Brookfield Place, a downtown Manhattan skyscraper complex that includes the headquarters of The Associated Press.

Other Pelli projects are as varied as the three-tower Shanghai International Finance Centre, the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and the BOK Center arena in Tulsa.