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Koolhaas Revamps UN Building's Modernist-Era Lounge

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
Koolhaas Revamps UN Building's Modernist-Era Lounge, © Frank Oudeman
© Frank Oudeman

Dutch designers, Rem Koolhaas and Hella Jongerius, have revamped the delegates' lounge in the United Nations building just in time for the 68th General Assembly this week. The "workshop of peace" lounge space, originally designed in 1952 by Wallace K. Harrison in collaboration with renowned modernists Le Corbusier and Oscar Neimeyer, now sports a range of pastel-colored sofas and lounge chairs, opting for minimal intervention in attempts to maximize the social space. Read more about the UN North Delegates lobby on Gizmodo.

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

00:00 - 16 January, 2013
In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia, © Danilo Verpa/Folhapress
© Danilo Verpa/Folhapress

Wearing masks with the faces of Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, architects and urban planners swarmed the 50th Annual IAB (Institute of Architects of Brazil) 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.

Happy Birthday Oscar

00:00 - 15 December, 2012
Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com
Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com

Today would have been Oscar Niemeyer's 105th birthday. The Pritzker-Prize winning, Brazilian master died last Thursday, December 6th, due to complications from a previous kidney condition.

The Construction of Brasilia, photos by Marcel Gautherot

00:00 - 6 December, 2012
The Construction of Brasilia, photos by Marcel Gautherot, © Marcel Gautherot
© Marcel Gautherot

Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and icon of the brazilian modernism. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (now lives more than 2,5 million people). Construction began in 1956 and included the most remarkable buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer, reason why Brasilia is the only city in the world built in the 20th century to be awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

To honor the work of Oscar Niemeyer,  we present after the brake some of the photos taken by the franco-brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer's emblematic buildings. Such as the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil.

Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer by Norman Foster

00:00 - 6 December, 2012
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Yesterday, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away at 104 . We share with you a tribute to the master written by Lord Norman Foster:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Niemeyer. He was an inspiration to me – and to a generation of architects. Few people get to meet their heroes and I am grateful to have had the chance to spend time with him in Rio last year.

The work of Oscar Niemeyer, by Patricia Parinejad

00:00 - 6 December, 2012
© Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

Our friend and architectural photographer Patricia Parinejad , shared with us photos of her extensive Niemeyer archives  showing the works of the Brazilian master with a particular and personal focus, capturing textures, materials, context, and the people in his architecture.

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +69

More after the break.

Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil's Modernist Icon, Dies

00:00 - 6 December, 2012
Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com
Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com

After complications from a previous kidney condition   Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has passed away at Rio de Janeiro's Samaritano Hospital.

Quotes from Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012)

00:00 - 5 December, 2012

To honor the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died today, we've selected few of his inspiring quotes. Take a moment to read his words, which truly advocate architecture's higher purpose, and remember the great work he accomplished...

Perhaps his most famous quote, which not only describes his work but also his way of life: "I deliberately disregarded the right angle and rationalist architecture designed with ruler and square to boldly enter the world of curves and straight lines offered by reinforced concrete. […] This deliberate protest arose from the environment in which I lived, with its white beaches, its huge mountains, its old baroque churches, and the beautiful suntanned women."

More after the break:

Oscar Niemeyer, My Dear Old Friend

00:00 - 5 December, 2012
Oscar Niemeyer, Vinicius de Moraes, his wife Lila, and Tom Jobim
Oscar Niemeyer, Vinicius de Moraes, his wife Lila, and Tom Jobim

Vinicius de Moraes, a Bossa Nova legend (and composer of “The Girl from Ipanema”), met Oscar Niemeyer at the Café Vermelhinho in Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s. They first worked together on de Moraes’ play, "Orpheus of Conceição," in 1956 (Niemeyer designed the set). In light of Oscar's death, we bring you this short text, translated from the original Portugese, that Vinicius wrote in the 60s about his dear friend, Oscar.

There are few testimonials I have read that are as exciting as Oscar Niemeyer’s account of his experience in Brasília. 1  For those who know only the architect, the article could pass as a self-serving defense - the justified revenge of a father who, despite his gentle temperment, fought for his child[, his Brasilia - a city] at the mercy of the world. But for those who know the man, the article takes on even more dramatic proportions. For Oscar is not only the opposite of an activist, he’s one of the most anti-self-promotional beings I've met in my life.

His modesty isn’t, as it so often is, a shameful form of vanity. It has nothing to do with his down-to-earth expertise, which Oscar has thanks to his professional value and possibilities. It is the modesty of a creator truly integrated with life, who knows that there is no time to lose, that we need to build beauty and happiness into the world, because the individual is fragile and precarious. This poignant sentiment, of the fragility and precariousness of things, plays in Oscar in a higher key (only further highlighting the dignity of this man and artist); it’s never been a self-serving sentiment, but one for mankind in general, for whom he hopes to make a better future.

The Complete Works of Oscar Niemeyer

00:00 - 5 December, 2012
Niemeyer Center in Spain. Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre
Niemeyer Center in Spain. Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

With his incredibly prolific portfolio of architecture, sculpture, furniture and design, the late Oscar Niemeyer truly left his mark on Brazil, and the world, over his 104 years. The Brazilian great is proof that quantity needn't destroy quality.

Check out the extensive list of Niemeyer's major works, after the break...

Church in Pampulha. Photo © Paul Clemence House at Canoas. Photo courtesy of ETSAM Matarazzo Pavilion. Photo © Flickr User ArtExplorer. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> Cathedral in Brazilia. Image © Flickr User el_floz. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> +13

Oscar Niemeyer Takes A Turn For the Worse

00:00 - 20 November, 2012

After being hospitalized, recovering, being hospitalized again, and then making a near-full recovery (even working from his hospital bed), famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has now taken a sharp turn for the worst. 

Oscar Niemeyer Hospitalized

00:00 - 17 October, 2012
Oscar Niemeyer.
Oscar Niemeyer.

Oscar Niemeyer, the renowned Brazilian architect, has been admitted to the Samaritan's Hospital of Rio de Janeiro. 

The Iconic U.N. Headquarters Makeover

15:00 - 9 March, 2012
© United Nations Photo
© United Nations Photo

Planned for completion in 2014, the iconic United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) is in the middle of a $1.876 billion refurbishment project, known as the Capital Master Plan, which seeks to update the aging building with a more safe, modern and sustainable work environment. Located on the 18-acre site that was donated by John D. Rockefeller in the 1950s, the Manhattan UNHQ was designed by an international team of eleven architects who worked together in a post-World War II world to create an landmark building through collaboration rather than competition.

Continue reading for more details on the Capital Master Plan. 

Video: The City of Samba / Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli

19:00 - 29 February, 2012

As a follow up to last weeks coverage on the Rio Carnival 2012 kick-off in Oscar Niemeyer’s newly renovated Sambadrome, we would like to share with you this stunning tilt-shift video capturing the essence of Rio de Janeiro and the colorful parade of the Carnival. You will also catch a glimpse of famous mosaic sidewalks of the Copacabana Beach Boardwalk designed by the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

Creators: Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli Music: Jarbas Agnelli Special Thanks: Rede Globo, Liesa and Jodele Larcher

*This video was filmed during Carnival of 2011.

Niemeyer Center, by Danica Ocvirk Kus

07:00 - 28 February, 2012
© Danica Ocvirk Kus
© Danica Ocvirk Kus

Danica Ocvirk Kus shared with us her photographic work for Oscar Niemeyer‘s Niemeyer Center in Aviles, Spain. Known her work across Europe, her talent is very eloquently represented through these images of this highly admired and appreciated institution for the city. A full gallery of images can be viewed after the break.

Infographic: Oscar Niemeyer's timeline

16:38 - 15 December, 2011
© ArchDaily by Megan Jett - Click to enlarge.
© ArchDaily by Megan Jett - Click to enlarge.

ArchDaily’s Megan Jett did this amazing infographic resuming the highlights of Oscar Niemeyer’s career, who turned 104 years old today.

Niemeyer Center by Oscar Niemeyer Closing

15:00 - 21 November, 2011
© Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

UPDATE: The Niemeyer Center has been re-opened.

The Niemeyer Center in Aviles, Spain is soon to be shut down for several months due to disagreement over its finances and irregularities in its spending. The cultural center opened a mere 8-months ago, designed by Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and has been an admired and appreciated institution for the city.  More after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Berlin

10:00 - 27 July, 2011
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson. Used under Creative Commons

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Berlin. The twentieth century changed nearly all cities, but perhaps none more so than Berlin. From its destruction in World War II that left few historic buildings intact to its division until 1989 that brought together the architecture of two competing ideologies into one city, Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to a past that seldom accompanies such recent additions. The city is filled with new and wonderful architecture that might not have found space in other cities in Europe. With that in mind, we were unable feature all our readers’ suggestions on the first go around. We will be adding to the list in the near future, so please add more of your favorites in the comment section below. Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help.

The Architecture City Guide: Berlin list and corresponding map after the break.