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Brasilia's Hubris is a Warning to Urban Dreamers. Edward Glaeser, December 9, 2012, Paper. "Oscar Niemeyer, who died last week, was a controversial giant. Best known for designing a new capital city for his native Brazil and the UN headquarters in New York, his work resonates across the world. At his best, Niemeyer curved the skyscraper and made height humane. But Brasilia, despite its beauty , also serves as an illustration of the dangers of utopian over-planning. Beautiful buildings made Niemeyer famous among architects and critics. But by making height more than merely a practical answer..." May require purchase or user account. Link