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Oscar Niemeyer

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The man who built the future: Seven decades of work from the Brazilian visionary

On the occasion of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s 100th anniversary, the New York Times wrote, "In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s he established himself as one of Modernism’s greatest luminaries, infusing stark abstract forms with a beguiling tropical hedonism that reshaped Brazil’s identity in the popular imagination and mesmerized architects around the globe."

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Overview

The man who built the future: Seven decades of work from the Brazilian visionary

On the occasion of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s 100th anniversary, the New York Times wrote, "In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s he established himself as one of Modernism’s greatest luminaries, infusing stark abstract forms with a beguiling tropical hedonism that reshaped Brazil’s identity in the popular imagination and mesmerized architects around the globe."

Until his death at age 104 in 2012, over seven decades since one of his first projects—a 1936 collaboration with Lucio Costa and Le Corbusier—Oscar Niemeyer was still practicing. A technical pioneer and one of the 20th century’s most important architects, Niemeyer has designed close to 700 realized and unrealized buildings and, most notably, was the architect for the principal monuments in Brasilia, his homeland’s futuristic capital city and his undisputed major masterpiece.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture Series features:

  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836530644
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 765,850
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Cradle Works 22

Pampulha Complex 24

Boavista Bank 32

Ibirapuera Park 34

Copan Building 42

House at Canoas 44

Brasília 48

Superquadra 108 South 50

Alvorada Palace (2nd Project) 52

Metropolitan Cathedral 54

Plaza of the Three Powers 56

National Congress 58

Supreme Federal Tribunal 60

Planalto Palace 62

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 64

Ministry of Justice 67

Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial (2nd project) 68

French Communist Party Headquarters 70

Mondadori Headquarters (2nd Project) 74

Mentouri University 78

Cultural Center 80

Sambadrome 82

Memorial for Latin America 84

MAC Niterói (Museum of Contemporary Art) 90

Niemeyer Trail 92

World Map 95

Life and Work 96

Bibliography

Credits

The Author

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