Oscar Niemeyer, A Vida E Um Sopro  {Life is a Breath}

Oscar Niemeyer, A Vida E Um Sopro
Life is a Breath

Brazil, 2010, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary
Language: Portuguese English Sub-Titles

Oscar Niemeyer is one of the most important figures in international modern architecture—and in 2007, he turned 100. In this program, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer reflects on his long life and remarkably prolific output, with a focus on his buildings in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília. The definitive portrait of a man both hailed and criticized as a “sculptor of monuments.” Many images of signature structures—designs that infuse his favored material, reinforced concrete, with exuberant liquidity—are included.

With author and architecture critic Alan Hess in person and reception to follow

Sponsored by Cafe Brazil. In partnership with UC Denver College of Architecture and Planning .



About Alan Hess


As a practicing architect and historian, Alan Hess documents the emerging suburban metropolises of the West. As an architecture critic, he has written a column for the San Jose Mercury News since 1986. "Alan Hess [is] a prominent California architecture critic who has written extensively on roadside strips," noted the New York Times (3/6/94).

Hess' books document and interpret neglected mid century, popular, suburban, and Modern architecture. They include Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture, the newest edition of his ground-breaking 1985 Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture, which helped to revive interest in mid-century modern architecture; Viva Las Vegas, an architectural history of the Las Vegas Strip and its relation to the phenomenon of suburban development; The Ranch House and Rancho Deluxe, studies of how the historic utilitarian ranch house evolved into the symbolic Ranch House of American lore, movies and suburbs; and Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and Palm Springs Weekend, histories of Modern architecture in a small but remarkably fertile design community.

Hess is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the United States’ largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s.

DIRECTOR: Fabiano Maciel.

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