ARCHITECTS | »That Explains It« Department :: Astrology + Oscar Niemeyer’s Communist Sympathies

I’ve often wondered how Oscar Niemeyer — at 102, the world’s oldest living Communist architect — reconciles his politics with his architectural reality. After all, he is for the little guy, yet designs for the élite. (His never-built home in the Israeli desert for a Rothschild (1965) grabbed my attention in Alan Hess’s superb Oscar Niemeyer Houses).

Then, surfing serendipitously, I stumbled upon Dimitri Camiloto’s intriguing website that analyzes pretty much Niemeyer’s entire career through the lens of astrology. Check it out — it’s fascinating and has great visuals and all the relevant heavenly charts to explain the who and why of Oscar.

Niemeyer with a photo of Luiz Carlos Prestes, the ‘Knight of Hope,’ in his Copacabana office

1945: membership in the PCB (Communist Party of Brazil)

Headquarters of the French Communist Party, Paris (1967)

JK Memorial, Brasília (1980)

JK + ON

Niemeyer, his new wife and former secretary, Vera Lúcia, his only daughter, Anna Maria (older than the wife, by the way), and two other members of his family

Dimitri Camiloto | Oscar Niemeyer, 100 Years: Introduction

Dimitri Camiloto | Oscar Niemeyer, 100 Years: Part I

Dimitri Camiloto | Oscar Niemeyer, 100 Years: Part II

Wikipedia | Luís Carlos Prestes


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