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 (@LeonKaye) 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.