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

 
Famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died on Wednesday just days before celebrating his 105th birthday. Hospital staff reported that the man who catapulted Brazil onto the international design scene with his sweeping, fluid architecture succumbed to a respiratory infection in Rio de Janeiro. Niemeyer embraced and then perfected Modernism with the Ministry of Education and Public Health building in Rio, which he worked on with famed Swiss architect Le Corbusier in 1936, and he later designed the main government buildings of the capital Brasília, firmly securing his status as one of the world's most important architects. Despite being barred from working in the U.S. because of his leftist political leanings, Niemeyer was formally recognized in 1988 when he received the coveted Pritzker Prize.

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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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