One of the greatest gifts Brazil has given the world is in serious ill health. At the time I write this (8:30 am PST), Oscar Niemeyer is reported to be in serious condition at a Rio de Janeiro hospital. The 104 year old architect who gave us Brasília, the Sambadrome in Rio and the United Nations Building--not to mention his own line of Converse sneakers--will turn 105 years young next month. I would love to have another 105 years of his great work. And so I am keeping my fingers crossed that this brilliant man can hang on. It will not be the same world of architecture and design without him.

Image credit (Palacio da Alvorada): Wikipedia, (Secretaria de Imprensa e Porta-Voz da Presidência da República)

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.