Friday, December 7, 2012
National Congress of Brazil/Childhood Memory
Oscar Neimeyer, the famous architect from Brazil, just died at the age of 104. Reading the news of this on the BBC, I realized that he must be the one who designed the government buildings in Brasilia, I have a photo of them here for you. It is the National Congress Building and it stirred up a memory from my childhood...
This building was pictured on the cover of my 6th grade Social Studies book and I had never seen anything like it. It looked like something from "The Jetsons" to me. When I expressed this to my teacher and also wondered what it was, she said to me, "That's a great question. Why don't you write a letter and find out, MIKE". And with that, she turned to the boy sitting in the desk next to me.
Startled, he blinked and to his credit said, "Well, it was Kay's idea.". She paid him no mind so he did as he was told and he wrote the letter. He received a very nice reply which he read out to the class telling us that it was a government building and that all the reviews of the building had been very favorable and that they were pleased to receive an inquiry from Conyers, Georgia! (And the stamp on the letter! Oh, I would so much have loved to receive it!)
You might think that I would have been upset about this, but I can't remember that to be the case. She, being a snooty kind of teacher, maybe didn't let me write the letter but it was my idea. I was the one who took notice of it and wondered what it was.
Architecture has always interested me. If I am not looking at trees and flowers, then you will find me looking at buildings!