Tribute paid to great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer

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Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer – UNPhoto – 1947

Tributes are being paid to the world renowned great Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer who died in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday at the age of 104.

Mr. Niemeyer was a prominent member of a team of architects that designed and built the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The head of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova describes him as a great humanist who was so strongly committed to the concerns of the city and an advocate of humanity.

She says Mr. Niemeyer helped define the 20th century and lay the foundations for the 21st century.

At an event at United Nations headquarters to celebrate his 104th birthday in December last year, Natalio Grueso, Director of the "Niemeyer Centre Foundation" in Spain designed by the late architect had this to say about him.

"He is very much connected to that Brazil of the 40′s, the 30′s when he grew up in which the difference between the rich and poor people was very important. So one of the things he always says is that he wanted to make to create beauty because, he says ' if you build an ugly building and inside is very beautiful, only the rich will benefit. But if you something which is very nice, very beautiful from outside, everyone can benefit from that."

Duration: 27"

Mr. Grueso said that's how Oscar Niemeyer approached architecture.

Duration: 1’32″

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