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 Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has 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. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, 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 You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.