Oscar Neimeyer was a student of Lucio Costa, the primary architect of Brasilia. Costa chose this favored student to design some of Brasilia’s important buildings, including the Congress, the University of Brasilia, the Cathedral and the Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as the Palace of Justice. Costa died in 1998, but Neimeyer is still going strong at 104. He recently was hospitalized for kidney problems, but plans to continue with his designs for a cultural center in Morocco and a library in Algeria.
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