Happy Birthday Oscar Niemeyer!

Today is the 103rd birthday of Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. !03; I hope that I live as long and I am as prolific as he was. Think about that, one hundred and three years, with 80 of it spent designing and being creative. That 80 years is ten years longer than the average life of most people on this planet.

Born December 15, 1907 Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho is a Brazilian architect specializing in modern architecture with a distinct international style. Niemeyer is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.

His buildings are often characterized by being spacious, open and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilotis. Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”, he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. His works include public buildings designed for the city of Brasília, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Happy Birthday Oscar Niemeyer!

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“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.” Oscar Niemeyer