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Sad Goodbyes

Influential Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away yesterday at the age of 104. The "concrete poet," who won the Pritzker Prize in 1988, designed many of Brasilia's municipal buildings and eschewed right angles and straight lines for what became his signature curves. Niemeyer, who had long been ill, remained professionally active well past his 100th birthday—in November, he even released a line of sneakers for Converse. [Dezeen; previously]