Design legend honoured after death at 104
Published 07/12/2012 | 05:00
RENOWNED architect Oscar Niemeyer is being honoured with a memorial in Brasilia, the modernist Brazilian capital he helped design, featuring his signature buildings of concrete and grand, sweeping curves.
Mr Niemeyer's remains were flown by presidential plane to the capital from his native city, Rio de Janeiro, where he died Wednesday night at age 104.
The groundbreaking architect's remains were laid to rest in the presidential palace, an airy glass and concrete structure with curving white pillars.
Born into an elite family, Niemeyer was a lifelong communist who took a stand against social inequality, though he held no illusions that his work could create a more egalitarian nation.