BRAZIL: On Stilts

High in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, ten of the world's top architects, busy with clay and sketch pads, clustered last week in a grey-walled conference room. They were there to design a home for the U.N. The youngest of them, a 39-year-old Brazilian named Oscar Niemeyer, had no reason to apologize for his youth, because he had experience beyond his years. While war had immobilized most of the world's architects, Niemeyer and Brazil had been building.

Tropical Brazil faces special architectural problems. The sunlight is dazzling; the air steamy. To circumvent that conjunction...

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