Gallery: Legendary Architect Oscar Niemeyer Dies Just Days Before Turni...

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is one of his finest works

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Famous for saying that form follows beauty, Niemeyer carved his own architectural vision from the start. His iconic buildings, which include the National Congress of Brazil, the Cathedral of Brasilía, the Niterói Contemporary Art museum, and he was a part of the panel that designed the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, are defined by bold, swooping curves and colorful accents. Most recently, undeterred as a centenarian, Niemeyer designed a new theater for Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine.

Despite numerous career setbacks mostly brought on by the politics du jour, Niemeyer forged ahead, leaving behind a phenomenal legacy. “Brazil lost today one of its geniuses,” Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, said in a statement issued Wednesday night. “Few dreamed so intensely, and accomplished so much, as he did.” Not only Brazil, but indeed followers from around the globe will mourn the loss of one of architecture’s bravest visionaries.

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  1. Burjor Rustomji December 8, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Oscar Niemeyer was an inspiration, amazing visionary, who not only dreamed, but put his vision for all to see. The world needs visionaries like, more than ever.

  2. Elisabeth Nonnenmacher December 7, 2012 at 3:21 am

    There are accomplishments which are timeless and the work of Oscar Niemeyer is an example.
    We architects, should always look at somebody like Niemeyer as an inspiration, to be encouraged to think outside the square.

    Although his designs were not a reference for sustainability, he was a pioneer as he had the intentions by using shading screens in some of his buildings in the 60’s.
    As a Brazilian and as an architect, I will always be proud and admire his work for his creativity and audacious proposals. Brazil and the world lost an important figure, but his example will live forever.

    Besides we have the same profession and we both worked in Brazil and overseas, his Birthday is back to back with mine and I always used to make a toast for him too…This year, I will celebrate his spirit.

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