Legendary Brazilian architect Niemeyer, 102, in hospital



RIO DE JANEIRO- Legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, 102, was being treated in Rio de Janeiro for a urinary tract infection, a hospital official told AFP on Monday.
Rio's Samaritan hospital said in a statement that Niemeyer, credited with designing Brazil's ultramodern capital city of Brasilia, was admitted for treatment on Sunday.



Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
"He is undergoing tests, and is conscious and stable," said the hospital's spokesman said, adding that there are "no immediate plans for him to leave the hospital."
During his seven-decade career, Niemeyer has designed more than 600 projects around the world, and is famous for some of Brazil's most distinctive buildings.
His works include a suite of the government building in the national capital city Brasilia and the headquarters for the United Nations in New York.
The centenarian is still showing a flair for dramatic design, with his reinvention of the capital city of Minas Gerais unveiled earlier this year.
Niemeyer's design for the city of Belo Horizonte included 14 buildings, including a massive structure housing the new seat of government.
He is due later this year to unveil the Aviles International Cultural Center in Spain.
His numerous awards include the Pritzker, the Nobel prize of architecture, which he won in 1988.
The Rio native, born here in 1907, once famously said that the swoops and sweeping lines that typify his architectural style were inspired by "the body of the Brazilian woman."
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Tuesday, April 27th 2010
AFP
           


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