Instead, on the agenda this morning is his theory of the cosmos, Brazilian politics and general gnomic philosophising. “Life is very fleeting. It’s important to be gentle and optimistic. We look behind and think what we’ve done in this life has been good. It was simple; it was modest. Everyone creates their own story and moves on. That’s it. I don’t feel particularly important. What we create is not important. We’re very insignificant.”
O arquiteto Oscar Niemeyer, é um brasileiro que vive surpreendendo.
By Carmen Stephan in Rio
Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture's Modernist movement, turns 100 on Saturday. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while.
When Oscar Niemeyer comes into his office in the morning, his manner reveals a lot about his inner composure. The driver helps him out of his dark Mercedes, and then he walks, slowly and full of dignity, along the hallway to the elevator. He is almost 100 years old, and yet much about this man doesn't seem old at all, least of all his boundless determination.
The ramp of Brasilia"s National Museum, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
He is omnipresent in his office on Rio's Copacabana, even when he is nowhere to be seen. Niemeyer spends much of his time sitting in his small, windowless office, surrounded by books piled up around him like a tall hedge. His needs are simple: cigarillos, coffee, models and words. Vera, his secretary for many years and now his new wife, answers the phone with pride in her voice.
PHOTO GALLERY: NIEMEYER'S MODERN MASTERPIECES
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