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The Legacy of Architect Oscar Neimeyer

December 11, 2012

This week saw the passing of one of the 20th century’s greatest architects, Brazilian born, Oscar Neimeyer, who at the age of 105 leaves a legacy that spans the globe. He was known for his innovative contemporary design, that found inspiration in Le Corbusier’s architecture and the curvy lines of his native Brasil’s mountains, rivers, waves, and its women. He treated the world as his canvas, and sculpted a jungle from the ground, in what today is Brasil’s capital, Brasilia. There, he laid his design architecture of curvy, free flowing lines to create a striking panorama of a modern Brasil.

This week saw the passing of one of the 20th century’s greatest architects, Brazilian born, Oscar Neimeyer, who at the age of 105 leaves a legacy that spans the globe. He was known for his innovative contemporary design, that found inspiration in Le Corbusier’s architecture and the curvy lines of his native Brasil’s mountains, rivers, waves, and its women. He treated the world as his canvas, and sculpted a jungle from the ground, in what today is Brasil’s capital, Brasilia. There, he laid his design architecture of curvy, free flowing lines to create a striking panorama of a modern Brasil.

His works include the Brasilian Congress, Supreme Federal Court of Brasil, the Brasilian Museum of Contemporary Art, Brasilia’s Cathedral, Oscar Neimeyer Museum, Mandadori Publishing Company headquarters in Italy, Place du Colonel Fabien in France, collaborated in the United Nations Headquarters building, and many other cultural legacy buildings.

His life and beliefs were intrinsic to the way he saw architecture, an expression of himself. In describing his architecture he once said, “I created [my architecture] with courage and idealism, but also with an awareness of the fact that what is important is life, friends and attempting to make this unjust world a better place in which to live.”

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