Archinect - News 2017-09-26T05:31:30-04:00 Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer by Norman Foster Archinect 2012-12-06T11:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:07-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Niemeyer. He was an inspiration to me &ndash; and to a generation of architects. Few people get to meet their heroes and I am grateful to have had the chance to spend time with him in Rio last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For architects schooled in the mainstream Modern Movement, he stood accepted wisdom on its head. Inverting the familiar dictum that &lsquo;form follows function&rsquo;, Niemeyer demonstrated instead that, &lsquo;When a form creates beauty it becomes functional and therefore fundamental in architecture&rsquo;.</p> <p> It is said that when the pioneering Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin visited Brasilia he likened the experience to landing on a different planet. Many people seeing Niemeyer&rsquo;s city for the first time must have felt the same way. It was daring, sculptural, colourful and free - and like nothing else that had gone before. Few architects in recent history have been able to summon such a vibrant vocabulary and structure it into such a brilliantly communicative and seductive tectonic language.</p> <p> One cannot contemplate Brasilia&rsquo;s crown-like cathedral, for example, without being thrilled both by its formal dynamism and its structural economy, which combine to engender a sense almost of weightlessness from ...</p> Norman Foster's Tribute to Steve Jobs Paul Petrunia 2011-10-06T14:50:35-04:00 >2011-10-07T14:08:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>