Oscar Niemeyer Interview on VBS.NET
          Posted By Mario Cipresso

        • VBS.NET is featuring a recent interview with Oscar Niemeyer that is a must-see. The interview is presented in two short segments but it's quite fascinating that after 101 years of life, thus far, Niemeyer believes in keeping it simple although his architecture maintains a certain complexity that has become a trademark over his long career.

          He talks briefly about his work but turns to the ocassional outside influence on his architecture, such as a woman. He prefers not to discuss architecture it seems, rather he appears to return to various moments in his life, painting a vivid picture of what he really believes in hindsight is important. A life that he believes is so insignificant in comparison to the magnitude of the cosmos, that no man should consider himself important. It's all about being useful and making contributions to society.

          Oscar Niemeyer Interview at VBS.NET

          From the VBS.NET site:
          In the 1950s, Brazil decided it would be a perfectly reasonable idea to move the capital to the center of the country's interior plateau (read: nowhere). To facilitate this sensible endeavor they enlisted Oscar Niemeyer - an ardent communist and proponent of modern architecture who, alongside his buddy Le Corbusier, had co-designed the UN building in New York - to build a crazy spacepod city in the middle of the planalto.

          Brasilia provided Niemeyer the perfect template to test out all the theoretical business he and his modernist colleagues had been cooking up for the past two decades. Together with urban planner Luis Costa, he designed a functionally integrated city full of massive concrete mushroom buildings and swooping aluminum spires and twisty overpasses and skyways and symbolic edifices and designated "sectors" where no one would ever have to watch out for traffic or wait at a stoplight. It's basically the bastard child of Alphaville and Albany, NY, and to this day remains a benchmark in what we really hope the future is going to look like.

          It also sealed his reputation as one of the century's most influential architects and certainly its most influential Brazilian. Then an anti-communist military junta seized control of the country and kicked him out.

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