Brasília, a Capital City That’s a Place Apart

June 24, 2014

David Waldstein – The New York Times, 6/22/2014

BRASÍLIA — The Brazilian flag reads, “Ordem e Progresso” — “Order and Progress” — which is somewhat curious in this wonderfully jumbled and beautiful country. For an outsider who has visited the samba-infused nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro, the Amazonian jungle or São Paulo, with its ramshackle favelas and snarled traffic, order is not what springs to mind.

Until you arrive in Brasília.

In a country known for its flair for improvisation, Brasília stands in jarring contrast, a city so orderly, it is hard to believe it is really in Brazil.

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Oscar Niermeyer tribute: 52 meter high mural in Brazil

March 18, 2013

Ada Teicu – Pursuitist, 03/17/2013

The impact of a single death can bring new life to the world. After offering his best ideas to the architectural field, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s portrait adorns one side of a skyscraper on one of Sao Paulo’s busiest streets – Paulista Avenue. The 52 meter tall portrait showcases a polychromatic version of the renowned architect’s influence.

After his passing in December 2012, at the age of 104, the architect was immortalized in a portrait on the building by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and four other artists who helped with the expansive process. The huge art work was started in January and it took 6 hours of daily painting to reach the final result. Details and colors create a stunning mural that showcases the colorful imagination of modern influencers.

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Brazilian architect Niemeyer to be buried in Rio

December 7, 2012

AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 12/07/2012

Brazil’s beloved architect Oscar Niemeyer will be buried in Rio de Janeiro.

The 104-year-old Niemeyer’s body is being viewed at the City Palace in Rio, and a private funeral will be held later Friday.

Niemeyer designed the government buildings in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, much of the United Nation’s complex and countless other works in several nations.

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Oscar Niemeyer, Architect Who Gave Brasília Its Flair, Dies at 104

December 6, 2012

Nicolai Ouroussoff – The New York Times, 12/05/2012

Oscar Niemeyer, the celebrated Brazilian architect whose flowing designs infused Modernism with a new sensuality and captured the imaginations of generations of architects around the world, died on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. He was 104.

The medical staff at the Hospital Samaritano in Rio, where he was being treated, said on national television that he died of a respiratory infection. Mr. Niemeyer was among the last of a long line of Modernist true believers who stretch from Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe to the architects who defined the postwar architecture of the late 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. He is best known for designing the government buildings of Brasília, a sprawling new capital carved out of the Brazilian savanna that became an emblem both of Latin America’s leap into modernity and, later, of the limits of Modernism’s utopian aspirations.

His curvaceous, lyrical, hedonistic forms helped shape a distinct national architecture and a modern identity for Brazil that broke with its colonial and baroque past. Yet his influence extended far beyond his country. Even his lesser works were a counterpoint to reductive notions of Modernist architecture as blandly functional.

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Oscar Niemeyer’s kidney failure: doctors say Brazilian architect is getting worse

November 20, 2012

The Huffington Post /AP, 11/19/2012

The hospital that’s treating famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer says the 104-year-old has gotten worse.

Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital says Niemeyer is suffering from kidney failure, aggravated by bleeding in the digestive tract, which has been brought under control.

In a statement Monday, the hospital said he is now breathing with the aid of machines, although he remains lucid.

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Oscar Niemeyer Hospitalized: Brazilian Architect At Hospital Samaritano

October 18, 2012

Associated Press/Huffington Post, 10/17/2012

Renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro’s Hospital Samaritano, but his doctor said Wednesday that he was “fine” and in stable condition.

Niemeyer, 104, entered Rio’s Hospital Samaritano on Saturday, according to spokeswoman Bruna Tenorio.

The architect’s doctor, Fernando Gjorup, said by telephone that Niemeyer “is fine.”

“He’s a bit dehydrated. He entered the hospital complaining of nausea, but little else. He’s on a saline drip, that’s all,” Gjorup said.

The physician gave no forecast on when Niemeyer might leave the hospital, where he spent nearly two weeks in May being treated for pneumonia and dehydration. Last year, he was treated for a urinary infection there.

Niemeyer designed much of Brazil’s futuristic capital, Brasilia, and Rio’s Sambadrome, where the annual carnival parade is held. He also helped design the United Nations building in New York City.

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Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer hospitalized

October 17, 2012

AP/Boston.com, 10/17/2012

Renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro’s Hospital Samaritano, but his doctor said Wednesday that he was ‘‘fine’’ and in stable condition.

Niemeyer, 104, entered Rio’s Hospital Samaritano on Saturday, according to spokeswoman Bruna Tenorio.

The architect’s doctor, Fernando Gjorup, said by telephone that Niemeyer ‘‘is fine.’’

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Brazil’s star architect Niemeyer turns 104

December 16, 2011

Claire de Oliveira – AFP, 12/15/2011

Niemeyer feted his 104th birthday Thursday in his Rio workshop overlooking Copacabana beach (AFP/File, Vanderlei Almeida)

Brazil’s star architect Oscar Niemeyer, who revolutionized modern architecture with his sensual curves inspired by “the body of the Brazilian woman,” feted his 104th birthday Thursday in his Rio workshop overlooking Copacabana beach.

Niemeyer, who won the 1988 Pritzker Prize — “architecture’s Nobel” — chose his birthday to launch the 11th edition of “Nosso Caminho (Our Way),” the architecture magazine he publishes with his wife Vera Lucia.

For a birthday present, he was given “Laura,” a bronze sculpture with breasts exposed which was designed by famed Brazilian caricaturist Lan and made in bronze by artist Marcos Andre, according to the daily O Globo.

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