This has been an emotional week for Brazil as its people said good-bye to one of its most incredible citizens. Oscar Niemeyer, who defined a style of architecture uniquely Brazilian and yet global, was laid to rest Friday in his native Rio de Janeiro.

Among those who had fond words for the man who defined mid-century and modernism, and was the genius behind Brasília, was Daniela Mercury via Twitter:

“The fantastic Brazlian Oscar Niemeyer is gone, but his legacy, his features, are our DNA.”

Well put. I know I will always do my part to remind my readers about Niemeyer’s contributions to 20th, and 21st, century architecture and design. Watch for his stature to grow even more.

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Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, one of Niemeyer's modernist feats

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