A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia

 
A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia
A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia December 5, 2012. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Niemeyer had been battling kidney ailments and pneumonia for nearly a month in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. His death was confirmed by a hospital spokesperson. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino