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99-year-old Niemeyer asked to design new capital for Angola

Modernist legend Oscar Niemeyer has been asked to a new capital city in Africa, repeating his feat of masterplanning the Brazilian capital of Brasília.

The Angolan government has asked Niemeyer, who turns 100 in December, to plan a new city four times the size of Brasília.

It is almost 50 years since Niemeyer first worked on his ambitious design for a capital complex, built from scratch on the remote plateau 800km from both Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo.

The Angolan project would see the construction of a new city, to house 2 million people, on a virgin plot close to the country's current capital, Luanda.

However the nonagenarian, who married his 60-year-old secretary earlier this year, has not yet accepted the commission, claiming he has no desire to travel overseas to carry out the project. - although he suggested he could work on the scheme from his Rio de Janeiro home.

Speaking to the Brazilian press Niemeyer said: 'In reality, it was an invitation from the Angolan authorities, but there is still nothing definite.'

by Richard Waite

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