Lúcio Costa (February 27, 1902, Toulon, France – June 13, 1998, Rio de Janeiro) was a Brazilian architect and urban planner. One of the earliest and most important modernist architects in Brazil, Lúcio (alternatively spelled Lucio) Costa became famous for a long career in which he built little, wrote much, and became involved in a number of high-profile controversies.
Lucio Costa is best known for his urban plan for the new capital of Brasília, having won the job in a 1957 public competition. Costa became a figure associated with reconciling traditional Brazilian forms and construction techniques with international modernism, particularly the work of Le Corbusier. His works include the Brazilian pavilion at the New York World’s Fair of 1939 (designed with Oscar Niemeyer), the Parque Guinle residential complex in Rio of 1948, and the Hotel do Park São Clemente in Nova Friburgo of 1948. Among his major works are also the Ministry of Education and Health, in Rio (1936–43), designed with Oscar Niemeyer, Roberto Burle Marx, among others, and consulted by Le Corbusier, and the Pilot Plan of Brasília, a competition winner designed in 1957 and mostly built in 1958-1960.
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