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Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer dies, aged 104

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer looks at the Copacabana beach from his office after his interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, in this June 16, 2003 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of contemporary Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney and stomach ailments in a Rio de Janeiro hospital since early November. His death was the result of a lung infection developed this week, the hospital said, little more than a week before he would have turned 105. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/Files

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer looks at the Copacabana beach from his office after his interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, in this June 16, 2003 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of...more

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer looks at the Copacabana beach from his office after his interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, in this June 16, 2003 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of contemporary Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney and stomach ailments in a Rio de Janeiro hospital since early November. His death was the result of a lung infection developed this week, the hospital said, little more than a week before he would have turned 105. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/Files
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Guards carry the coffin of Oscar Niemeyer at Planalto Palace in Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Guards carry the coffin of Oscar Niemeyer at Planalto Palace in Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Guards carry the coffin of Oscar Niemeyer at Planalto Palace in Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
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An honour guard fire their rifles, paying tribute to Oscar Niemeyer, at the Brasilia Air Base December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

An honour guard fire their rifles, paying tribute to Oscar Niemeyer, at the Brasilia Air Base December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

An honour guard fire their rifles, paying tribute to Oscar Niemeyer, at the Brasilia Air Base December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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Members of the Brazilian Air Force carry the coffin of Oscar Niemeyer to load on an airplane before taking off from Rio de Janeiro's airport to Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Brazilian Air Force carry the coffin of Oscar Niemeyer to load on an airplane before taking off from Rio de Janeiro's airport to Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Brazilian Air Force carry the coffin of Oscar Niemeyer to load on an airplane before taking off from Rio de Janeiro's airport to Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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Brazil's President Dilma Roussef, Vice President Michel Temer (R) and Vera Lucia, wife of Oscar Niemeyer, attend Niemeyer's funeral at Planalt Palace in Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil's President Dilma Roussef, Vice President Michel Temer (R) and Vera Lucia, wife of Oscar Niemeyer, attend Niemeyer's funeral at Planalt Palace in Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil's President Dilma Roussef, Vice President Michel Temer (R) and Vera Lucia, wife of Oscar Niemeyer, attend Niemeyer's funeral at Planalt Palace in Brasilia December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
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A view of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, in this January 7, 2012 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Clarissa Cavalheiro/Files

A view of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, in this January 7, 2012 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil...more

A view of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, in this January 7, 2012 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Clarissa Cavalheiro/Files
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A homeless person sleeps outside the National Museum, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files

A homeless person sleeps outside the National Museum, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive,...more

A homeless person sleeps outside the National Museum, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files
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The Brazilian National Congress designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files

The Brazilian National Congress designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs...more

The Brazilian National Congress designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files
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A view of Copan, Latin America's largest apartment building with some 1,600 units, which is built by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, is seen in Sao Paulo, in this December 12, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files

A view of Copan, Latin America's largest apartment building with some 1,600 units, which is built by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, is seen in Sao Paulo, in this December 12, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture...more

A view of Copan, Latin America's largest apartment building with some 1,600 units, which is built by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, is seen in Sao Paulo, in this December 12, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files
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Tourists take pictures in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia, in this December 12, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Jamil Bittar/Files

Tourists take pictures in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia, in this December 12, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose...more

Tourists take pictures in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia, in this December 12, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Jamil Bittar/Files
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A fisherman throws his net in front of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Niteroi city, near Rio de Janeiro, in this December 11, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/Files

A fisherman throws his net in front of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Niteroi city, near Rio de Janeiro, in this December 11, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped...more

A fisherman throws his net in front of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Niteroi city, near Rio de Janeiro, in this December 11, 2007 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/Files
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Brazilian soccer legend Pele (L) holds the hand of architect Oscar Niemeyer during a news conference in which they presented the plans for the Pele Museum, designed by Niemeyer to be built in the coastal city of Santos, in Rio de Janeiro in this November 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Marcos Michael/Files

Brazilian soccer legend Pele (L) holds the hand of architect Oscar Niemeyer during a news conference in which they presented the plans for the Pele Museum, designed by Niemeyer to be built in the coastal city of Santos, in Rio de Janeiro in this...more

Brazilian soccer legend Pele (L) holds the hand of architect Oscar Niemeyer during a news conference in which they presented the plans for the Pele Museum, designed by Niemeyer to be built in the coastal city of Santos, in Rio de Janeiro in this November 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Marcos Michael/Files
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Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (L) receives a birthday cake during the the opening of the Oscar Niemeyer foundation, a building designed by himself, and a ceremony to celebrate his 103rd birthday in Niteroi, in this December 15, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (L) receives a birthday cake during the the opening of the Oscar Niemeyer foundation, a building designed by himself, and a ceremony to celebrate his 103rd birthday in Niteroi, in this December 15, 2010 file photo....more

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (L) receives a birthday cake during the the opening of the Oscar Niemeyer foundation, a building designed by himself, and a ceremony to celebrate his 103rd birthday in Niteroi, in this December 15, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files
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Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer speaks at his office during an interview in Rio de Janeiro in this February 6, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer speaks at his office during an interview in Rio de Janeiro in this February 6, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer speaks at his office during an interview in Rio de Janeiro in this February 6, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files
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Brazil's President Dilma Roussef (top) kisses Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer during a meeting with artists and intellectuals when Rousseff was still a presidential candidate, in Rio de Janeiro, in this October 18, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files

Brazil's President Dilma Roussef (top) kisses Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer during a meeting with artists and intellectuals when Rousseff was still a presidential candidate, in Rio de Janeiro, in this October 18, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a...more

Brazil's President Dilma Roussef (top) kisses Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer during a meeting with artists and intellectuals when Rousseff was still a presidential candidate, in Rio de Janeiro, in this October 18, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files
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A security official stands near the Planalto Palace, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A security official stands near the Planalto Palace, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved...more

A security official stands near the Planalto Palace, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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A security official walks next to the National Congress building designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A security official walks next to the National Congress building designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose...more

A security official walks next to the National Congress building designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs...more

A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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An image is projected on the towers of the National Congress, which was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, during Culture Week in Brasilia in this November 9, 2012 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Files

An image is projected on the towers of the National Congress, which was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, during Culture Week in Brasilia in this November 9, 2012 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who...more

An image is projected on the towers of the National Congress, which was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, during Culture Week in Brasilia in this November 9, 2012 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Files
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Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer attends the opening of the Oscar Niemeyer foundation, a building designed by himself, and a ceremony to celebrate his 103rd birthday in Niteroi, in this December 15, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer attends the opening of the Oscar Niemeyer foundation, a building designed by himself, and a ceremony to celebrate his 103rd birthday in Niteroi, in this December 15, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch...more

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer attends the opening of the Oscar Niemeyer foundation, a building designed by himself, and a ceremony to celebrate his 103rd birthday in Niteroi, in this December 15, 2010 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos/Files
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