Oscar Niemeyer Threw Life a Curve or Two

The Brazilian architect, famed for his spiraling designs, turns 100
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2007 6:17 PM CST
A giant number 100 hangs on the Copan building, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, in Sao Paulo, Friday, Nov. 30 2007. Neimeyer, who turns 100 Saturday, was awarded the Cultural Merit Medal...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Oscar Niemeyer turned 100 this weekend, but the famed Brazilian architect is still planning for the best years of his life: he’s still developing bold designs—including a museum that resembles a giant eye—starting a magazine, and he recently remarried. Niemeyer, who soared to fame in 1956 after dressing Brazil’s capital in exalted curves, has also kept his communist ethic, Der Spiegel says.

He’s friends with Castro and raises a toast “against Bush.” About death, the atheistic artist reasoned, “We have no choice. We are born, we grow up, we fight, we die, and we disappear forever.” But such an outlook hasn’t stopped him from enjoying life: “I do the same things I did when I was 60, so I’m only 60.”