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Oscar Niemeyer

Magazine Architecture | 01 Feb 2018



To write about Revolution and Architecture, invariably forces us to remember the architect who had the strongest influence and that most revolutionized modern international architecture. We are talking about Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 15th 1907, he has placed Brazilian architecture “all over the world”. An acknowledged revolutionary, in his work and ideology, Oscar Niemeyer defended his beliefs in Communism to the very end. In 1934 he graduated in Architecture Engineering at Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro and shortly after began working with one of the most recognized Brazilian architects  – a declared Stalinist  –  Lúcio Costa. At Costa’s side, Niemeyer participated in the project for the Minitério Educação e Saúde (MES) – currently the Gustavo Capanema Palace in Rio de Janeiro –, along with names such as Carlos Leão, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Jorge M. Moreira and Ernani Vasconcelos. With Lúcio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer met and worked with Le Corbusier, the Swiss master who turned to be one of the greatest inspirations of this Brazilian architect. Together, Niemeyer and Corbusier were part of the Architects Commission that developed, in 1947, the New York´s United Nations headquarters. We would need an entire magazine to talk about Oscar Niemeyer’s life and work.

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Text: Isadora Faustino

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