Taquari House / Ney Lima

© Edgard Cesar

Architects: Ney Lima
Location: – Distrito Federal, Brasil
Project Area: 380 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Edgard Cesar

Cobogó House / Ney Lima

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Architects: Ney Lima
Location: Brasília, Distrito Federal,
Project Area: 120 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Edgard Cesar

FHE Headquarters / MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: MGS
Location: Brasilia, Federal District,
Associate Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados
Project Area: 27,630 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Joana França

Remembering Neimeyer: The Works of a Master

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Many architects enter the profession with hopes of creating something that outlives them, something that is bigger than themselves, that can advocate for a better world. Oscar Niemeyer was such an architect, one who fought for designs that would serve everyone. The master of Brazilian architecture passed away one year ago after complications from a previous kidney condition. In honor of what would have been his birthday today, we’ve rounded up a few of his masterpieces, from his elegant and curvy Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, his collaboration on the United Nations Headquarters in , the traditional spectacle space of his Sambadrome, the spiraling Niemeyer Center in Aviles, and the powerful parabolic expression in his Cathedral of Brasilia. Enjoy!

A Year Without Oscar

Niemeyer observa maquete da escola projetada em Belo Horizonte (MG). Image Courtesy of ON

It’s been exactly one year since the world first mourned the passing of a great master of 20th century architecture: .

After 104 years of life, the renowned architect left a profound legacy. His works  - known for their impressive curves, embrace of  light, and profound relationship to their surroundings – made him an icon. Not just in , but the world.

Box House / 1:1 arquitetura:design

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Architects: 1:1 arquitetura:design
Location: Brasília – Distrito Federal,
Project Architects: Eduardo Sáinz Márquez, Lilian Glayna
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cesar Edgard

Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards

© Andrew Prokos

Night photographs of the Brazilian capital created by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos are among this year’s winners at the International Photography Awards competition. Entitled “Niemeyer’s Brasilia” the series of photographs capture the surreal architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, who shaped the Brazilian capital for over 50 years.

More fantastic photographs and information on the awards after the break.

Weston Williamson Wins Brasilia Stadium Competition with Responsive Arena

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London-based studio Weston Williamson has been announced the winner of the Brasilia Athletics Stadium competition. The international competition, associated with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, called for designers to envision a 70,000 seat stadium in the nation’s capital.

Migliari Guimarães House / DOMO Arquitetos

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Architects: DOMO Arquitetos
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco, Rodrigo Scheel
Collaborators: Daniella Rauber, Guilherme Mahana, Victor Silvério, Bruno Pessoa
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Haruo Mikami

Linhares Dias House / DOMO Arquitetos

© Joana França

Architects: DOMO Arquitetos
Location: Paranoá, Brasília – Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco
Colaboration: Daniella Rauber, Tatiana Lopes and Guilherme Mahana
Area: 411.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joana França

Copaiba Residence / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

© Joana França

Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Fabiano Sobreira
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joana França

In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia

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Wearing masks with the faces of and Lúcio Costa, architects and urban planners swarmed the 50th Annual IAB (Institute of Architects of ) Awards in Rio de Janeiro this week. The architects were protesting a contract the city government of Brasilia struck with a Singaporean firm to create an urban masterplan outlining the next 50 years of Brasilia’s future.

Legislative Chamber of the Federal Distric / Projeto Paulista Arquitetura

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Architects: Projeto Paulista Arquitetura
Built Project Coordinator: Luis Mauro Freire
Team: Luis Mauro Freire, Maria do Carmo Vilariño, Fábio Mariz Gonçalves, Zeuler Rocha Melo de Almeida Lima, Eurico Ramos Francisco e Lívia Leite França
Project Area: 48,277 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Multipurpose Complex Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

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Intending to create a new architectural reference for the region of , the Multipurpose Complex becomes a new destination in the city. Designed by FGMF Arquitetos, the building creates a landmark in the landscape through the uses of retail, office buildings, and modular offices. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Brasilia Government Forges Controversial Contract with Singapore

Aerial View of : Capital of Brazil

While known as the extraordinary city which Niemeyer built, Brasilia is not without its problems. As a recent BBC article noted, while Niemeyer’s architecture is certainly appreciated by its residents, the city itself (designed for the car) lacks a human-scale, mixed neighborhoods, and the vibrant street life which so defines Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.  The city is in need of a face-lift, but who should be responsible for Brasilia’s new face?

Well, if the debates and arguments at the XXIV Pan American Congress of Architects (XXIV CPA), which took place this November, are anything to go by, it certainly should not be those who have just been given the job.

Brasilia’s Government has contracted consulting company Jurong, based in Singapore, with designing a new Masterplan known as “Brasilia Plan 2060.” The move, which was taken with no outside participation or input, was criticized (loudly) – not only by Brazilian architects and urban planners, but by the majority of American and European professionals present at the XXIV CPA.

More details on this controversial move, after the break…

The Construction of Brasilia, Photos by Marcel Gautherot

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The construction of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and an icon of Brazilian Modernism, began in 1956. Initially planned by the urbanist for 500,000 inhabitants (today it holds 2.5 million), Brasilia gained fame for its remarkable buildings, designed by . Today, Brasilia is the only 20th century city in the world to have been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

In honor of the late Oscar Niemeyer, we’ve gathered some stunning black and white photos taken by Franco-Brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer’s emblematic buildings – including the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil. See them all, after the break…

JPGN House / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

© Joana França

Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Danilo Matoso Macedo
Collaborators: Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca, Viviane Berlim
Structure: Marcello Usai
Lot Area: 800 sqm
Area: 355 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Joana França

Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) Headquarters Winning Proposal / Luis Eduardo Loyola and Maria Cristina Motta

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The primary condition for the first prize winning design of the new headquarters of Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) is the creation of a metropolitan area in line with the urban context of the city of Brasilia. Designed by Luis Eduardo Loyola and , the project is embodied along an axis in the form of a white metallic volume floating gently on a concrete basement. The transparency of the volume creates a special relation with their surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.