Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer dies at age 104

R.I.P. Oscar Niemeyer, 1907-2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Architecture and design enthusiasts the world over are mourning the loss of one of the greats, Brazilian architect Oscar Neimeyer, whose career spanned more than 75 years and resulted in numerous iconic, curvaceous modernist buildings in Brazil and abroad (including parts of the UN headquarters in New York). He died yesterday at 104 years old and had kept working until the end.

The Associated Press reports, "In works from Brasilia's crown-shaped cathedral to the undulating French Communist Party building in Paris, Niemeyer shunned the steel-box structures of many modernist architects, finding inspiration in nature's crescents and spirals. His hallmarks include much of the United Nations complex in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in Niteroi, which is perched like a flying saucer across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro."

Check out a few of his futuristic creations in this gallery over at NPR. 

“It is important that the architect think not only of architecture but of how architecture can solve the problems of the world. The architect’s role is to fight for a better world, where he can produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.” —Oscar Neimeyer




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