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Fond farewell

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Modernism in Latin America certainly seems to be stealing the limelight, with the Royal Gold Medal being awarded to Oscar Niemeyer and the current 'Brazil Still Builds' exhibition at the aa (until 26 June). So it is with sadness that I have to report the death, aged 96, of Lucio Costa, the pioneering Brazilian architect responsible for Brasilia, the post-war capital. As Alan Powers writes in the current Spectator, many saw it as a folie de grandeur, 'one of the causes of modern architecture's downfall', but for many it provided an inspiration and showed what could be achieved in a part of the world until then given scant coverage for its architectural prowess.

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