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Oscar Niemeyer and modern architecture

It would take many pages to discuss the production of one of the greatest architects of all time.

Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907, just turned 102 years. But if his work is extraordinary, the fact remains that continue to work each day, rising a thousand things to do, with the same enthusiasm from the beginning.

Niemeyer is one of the key figures in modern architecture of the XX and XXI centuries. The genius of his line born no less that 457 buildings in various continents. A pioneer in the exploration of the constructive possibilities of reinforced concrete and plastic, Brazilian dared to break the monotony prevailing rationality back in the 40′s. Stresses in his originality of your stroke and your imagination when designing the buildings , always winding, revolutionaries like himself.

For Niemeyer, the curved line becomes the protagonist. Thus sentencing the great architect, “is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard, inflexible, created by men. What attracts me is the free and sensual curves. The curve I find in the mountains of my country, Brazil , in the winding course of rivers, sea waves, the clouds of heaven, in the body of the woman he loves. Curve is made all the universe. ”

Oscar Niemeyer has always stood by his rebellious spirit and maverick. His expertise is evident not only in their designs, but also in its clarity of conscience and commitment against the injustices of the world. A Brazilian great humanist universal and that leaves us his legacy processor, physical and intangible. When asked what is the role of architecture in the twenty-first century, responds:

“The architect’s role is to fight for a better world, where you can make an architecture that works for everyone and not just a group of privileged men.”

These days we can still see part of their work through photos, films, models and original documents, in the Auditorium of the Fundación Telefónica Gran Vía, until 10 January. Finally, two perspectives of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, one of his most emblematic and, personally, I was fascinated from the start.