Prize-Winning Architect Niemeyer Dies At 104
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Brazil's capital, Brasilia, is marked by the modernist vision of Oscar Niemeyer - curving concrete government buildings, the white dome of the national museum. It is an incredible legacy left behind by the architect. Niemeyer died yesterday at the age of 104. A hospital in Rio de Janeiro said the cause was a respiratory infection. One of Oscar Niemeyer's most recognized works is Brasilia's cathedral. It's shaped like a crown from 16 concrete columns that meet in the middle and then curve out, opening up to the sky.
In this country, Niemeyer's influence can be seen at the United Nations complex in New York City, which he helped design. Niemeyer began his career in the 1930s and never stopped working. He won architecture's top honor, the Pritzker Prize, in 1988. Niemeyer famously said that the sweeping curves of his designs were inspired by nature, and Brazilian women.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.