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Celebrated Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 104 Today!
Today marks the 104th birthday of the celebrated and prolific architect Oscar Niemeyer! Niemeyer, a disciple of Le Corbusier, designed his first building, the Ministry of Education and Public Health in Rio de Janeiro, in 1936 and was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1988 for his work. His iconic buildings 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. The Rio de Janeiro native still keeps an office on Copacabana beach, and he recently designed a new theater for Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. His style is marked by wide sweeping curves, and he has been quoted as saying “It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve – the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.” Here’s to hoping we see many more years of curvaseous buildings from this great architectural mind. Happy Birthday Oscar!
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