from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Niemeyer, Oscar Born 1907. Brazilian architect. Influenced by Le Corbusier, he directed the creation of Brazil's capital, Brasília (1950-1960).


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  • But more than anything, Niemeyer is best remembered - revered, in the case of Brazil for his role in helping create this capital, inaugurated on April 21, 1960.

    At 102, Brazil's foremost architect celebrates past achievements, looks to the future

  • That approach would culminate in Niemeyer’s three best “palaces” in Brasília: the presidential residence, the Foreign Ministry, and the Supreme Court.

    A Vision in Concrete

  • He is now at work on a handful of museums, in Brazil and in Europe, and a sprawling complex of buildings (theater, church, auditorium) called the Niemeyer Way, in Niteroi.

    Skyline Sculptor

  • And the fate of the Niemeyer could be an omen of what could happen across Spain, as conservative politicians cut funding for the arts and other big public projects become white elephants littering the landscape.


  • Hertha Berlin midfielder Peter Niemeyer went to pat her on the shoulder, but missed and instead grazed her breast.

    Soccer Player Touches Female Ref's Breast During Game (VIDEO)

  • Fortunately for Niemeyer, Steinhaus laughed it off and didn't flash a red card for the accident.

    Soccer Player Touches Female Ref's Breast During Game (VIDEO)

  • It is probable that at 101 years old, Oscar Niemeyer, the guru of modernist architecture whose greatest project was the city of Brasilia, is old enough to withstand disappointment, even as large as the one he has just suffered.

    Architect, 101, denied chance to add final flourish to city he created

  • While large-scale projects—such as his collaborations with architect Oscar Niemeyer on spaces in Brazil's capital city, Brasilia—earned him renown, Burle Marx considered even small-scale settings, like a dinner table, worthy of art.

    Please Don't Spill the Gravy

  • After a few days exploring the nooks and crannies of the city, including Sugarloaf Mountain and the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, head to Grumari or Prainha beaches, within an hour's drive, or for a romantic getaway, try the car-free Paquetá Island, reachable by ferry.

    Memories Worth 1,000 Pradas

  • From Blue Man, the brand that brought denim string bikinis to the world via the sands of Ipanema in the '70s, to Lenny Niemeyer, the niece of architect Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian swimwear designers have remained at the heart of the country's fashion community.

    Bathing Beauties


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