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NIEMEYER: BRASILIA
27-28 Enero de 2018

The January 2018 session of the Mies é máis cycle at CGAC was addressed to the Brazilian architect Óscar Niemeyer. Considered one of the greats of the 20th century, he did most of his work in his native country and contributed to the diffusion of the modern movement with a very personal style.

Through experimentation with new construction techniques, he used concrete as a mouldable material to adapt its architecture to the environment and people. As proof of this we could appreciate several of his works such as the architectural complex of Pampulha, the UN headquarters or the Casa das Canoas.

The practical part of the session was dedicated to the recreation of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil and a city of new planning by Niemeyer’s mentor, Lucio Costa. Its monumental character is given both by the design of its urban layout and its public buildings, the headquarters of the state’s great estates.

The square of the three powers with the Palace of Planalto, the National Congress and the Palace of Alvorada together with the National Museum and the Cathedral were the object of our construction. Finally, and at the initiative of the participants, we improved the initial design of the Cathedral. This makes us especially proud of the work done in the cycle as it seems to be bearing fruit by having children think of shapes, volumes and spaces.

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