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The man who built the future - Seven decades of work from the Brazilian visionary

The man who built the future

Seven decades of work from the Brazilian visionary


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On the occasion of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s 100th anniversary, the New York Times wrote, "In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s he established himself as one of Modernism’s greatest luminaries, infusing stark abstract forms with a beguiling tropical hedonism that reshaped Brazil’s identity in the popular imagination and mesmerized architects around the globe."

Until his death at age 104 in 2012, over seven decades since one of his first projects—a 1936 collaboration with Lucio Costa and Le Corbusier—Oscar Niemeyer was still practicing. A technical pioneer and one of the 20th century’s most important architects, Niemeyer has designed close to 700 realized and unrealized buildings and, most notably, was the architect for the principal monuments in Brasilia, his homeland’s futuristic capital city and his undisputed major masterpiece.

About the series

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture series features:

  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts, and plans)

  • "...traces the design process behind the 700 buildings he has designed – each one is mesmeric in its scale and famous for his futuristic use of concrete. A major player in the modernist mindset from the 40s to the 60s, he worked with Le Corbusier and shocking not only his fellow countrymen but influenced architecture all across the world."

    — County & Town House, London