File photo of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer looking at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

 
File photo of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer looking at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer looks at the Copacabana beach from his office after his interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, in this June 16, 2003 file photo. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of contemporary Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on December 5, 2012. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney and stomach ailments in a Rio de Janeiro hospital since early November. His death was the result of a lung infection developed this week, the hospital said, little more than a week before he would have turned 105. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/Files