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Niemeyer rocks
July 9, 2008, 2:52 am
Filed under: Architecture

Over a hundred years old and newly married, Oscar Niemeyer remains a love-him [all architects]-or-hate-him  [just about everyone else] figure.

Benjamin Schwarz reviews new books about Niemeyer in The Atlantic:

Today, the city is quite correctly regarded as a colossally wrong turn in urban planning—but Brasília, paradoxically, contains some of the most graceful modernist government buildings ever produced. All were designed by Oscar Niemeyer (now 100 years old and still working), who helped select Costa’s master plan and who was the creative influence behind the building and shape of the city. Both facts must be considered in any effort to reckon the legacy of Niemeyer—the last great architect of the modernist ascendancy—and his relationship to modernism, a relationship that both spurred and warped his creative achievement.

Curves of Irreverence, Photo by Styliane Philippou

Supreme Court, Brasilia, from Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence, Photo by Styliane Philippou

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