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Oscar Niemeyer admitted to hospital in Rio de Janeiro

Prominent Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has been admitted to hospital after suffering from dehydration. AFT quoted Niemeyer’s medical team as stating: “The patient is stable. [He] is lucid, breathes without help of machines, and is being fed normally.”

Niemeyer is credited for a great proportion of Brasilia’s identity, having drawn up plans for many of the key buildings that have shaped the city. A loyal devotee to reinforced concrete, the architect developed a long relationship with Le Corbusier and made a name for himself through his ‘freer architecture full of curves’.

Still working at the age of 104, Niemeyer has collected a grand array of prizes over the years, one of the latest being the Orden de las Artes y las Letras de Espana (The Order of Arts and Letters Award) from the Spanish Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde.

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