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Oscar Niemeyer's Copan Building from the ground. Photo

credit: Paula Alvarado

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The great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died last week; Our South American correspondent Paula Alvarado describes one of his best.

I've had the good fortune of visiting a few, namely the Palacio Gustavo Capanema (Ministry of Education) in Rio, the celebrated museums in Niteroi and Curitiba, and the mind-boggling urban experiment and tremendous political achievement that is the young capital of the country, Brasilia. But it was the Copan Building in Sao Paulo, which I visited earlier this year, the one that haunted me the most.

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