File photo of the Brazilian National Congress designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Brasilia

 
File photo of the Brazilian National Congress designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Brasilia
The Brazilian National Congress designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is seen in Brasilia in this April 7, 2010 file photo. 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 December 5, 2012. 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/Ricardo Moraes/Files