Niemeyer's Plan to Refresh Brasilia Meets Opposition

Architect Oscar Niemeyer has released plans to build new iconic buildings near the UNESCO-protected cultural and government center he designed in Brasilia 50 years ago. But locals have voiced opposition.

"The 101-year-old architect envisions building a "Plaza of Sovereignty," including a low-lying, curved building and a soaring 1,000 foot (300 meter) obelisk, in the heart of Brazil's capital, according to plans unveiled by city officials in early January."

"But detractors quickly slammed the proposal in Internet blogs and local media, saying it would interfere with sight lines of surrounding buildings designed by Niemeyer 50 years ago that now constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

"Cultural officials warned the project might circumvent Brazilian historical patrimony law which says the site, currently known as the Esplanade of the Ministers, must remain open ground."

Full Story: Brazilians tell architect Niemeyer to let it be




its ironic that brasilia is one of the newest major cities in the world and also one of the most preserved in amber. it was landmarked when it was only about 30 years old.

its also worth noting that the architect is twice as old as the city. i'd say he is more worthy of preservation than brasilia.

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