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A Closer Look at the World’s Fairs of the 20th Century, Brazilian Edition

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Brazil Pavilion, designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the New York World’s Fair 1939. Photo courtesy of Archtizer.

There were few national pavilions that gained as much attention at the 1939 New York World’s Fair as that of Brazil, which was designed by the (already!) world-renowned Oscar Niemeyer. But that was not the only time Brazil flaunted its modernist ways with their national pavilion. Below, enjoy the mid-century pavilions of Brazil.

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Brazil Pavilion, designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the New York World’s Fair 1939. Photo courtesy of Archtizer.

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Brazil Pavilion, designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the New York World’s Fair 1939. Photo courtesy of Archtizer.

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Brazil pavilion, designed by Sergio Bernardes for the Brussels Expo 1958. Photo by Wouter Hagens.

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Brazil pavilion, designed by Sergio Bernardes for the Brussels Expo 1958. Photo by Wouter Hagens.

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Brazil pavilion, designed by Sergio Bernardes for the Brussels Expo 1958. Photo by Wouter Hagens.

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Brazilian Building for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, 1940. Photo courtesy of Terrastories.

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Brazilian Building for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, 1940. Photo courtesy of Terrastories. 1280-OSAKA-FOTO

Brazilian Pavilion, designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for the Osaka Expo, 1970. Photo courtesy of .

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Brazilian Pavilion, designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for the Osaka Expo, 1970. Photo courtesy of .

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Brazilian Pavilion, designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for the Osaka Expo, 1970. Photo courtesy of .

Architect Spotlight: Félix Candela

Félix Candela is known for his groundbreaking architecture throughout Mexico, but his story starts in Madrid, Spain. Born and raised in Madrid, he graduated from La Escuela Superior de Arquitectura in 1935 before joining the national army to fight against Franco. He was later taken as a prisoner of war and shipped to Latin America, where he would forever change the face of architecture in Mexico.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

From 1940 throughout the late ’60s, Candela designed and/or engineered over 900 projects in Mexico. He quickly became known for his revolutionary techniques using “thin-shell” reinforced concrete to create daring and awe-inspiring structures. Today many of his designs still stand throughout Mexico, highly valued by the government and local communities.

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San Lázaro Metro Station in Mexico City, 1969. Photo courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

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San Lázaro Metro Station in Mexico City, 1969. Photo courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

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Iglesia de la virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa in Véritz Narvarte, México – 1953. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.

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Iglesia de la virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa in Véritz Narvarte, México – 1953. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.

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Iglesia de Santa Mónica in Mexico City – 1960. Photo courtesy of Trevor Patt.

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Iglesia de Santa Mónica in Mexico City – 1960. Photo courtesy of Trevor Patt.

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Palacio de los Deportes in the Ciudad Deportiva de la Magdalena Mixhuca, México – 1966.

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Palacio de los Deportes in the Ciudad Deportiva de la Magdalena Mixhuca, México – 1966.

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L´Oceanogràfic in Valencia, Spain – 2001. Photo courtesy of Felipe Gabaldón.

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L´Oceanogràfic in Valencia, Spain – 2001. Photo courtesy of Felipe Gabaldón.

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Hotel Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca, Mexico – 1956. Photo courtesy of Structurae.

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Hotel Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca, Mexico – 1956. Photo courtesy of Structurae.

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Laboratorios CIBA in Churubusco, Mexico – 1954. Photo courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

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Laboratorios CIBA in Churubusco, Mexico – 1954. Photo courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

Modernica in the Press, February 2016 Edition

My Domaine: Jacie Duprey’s Los Angeles Home Tour

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Design Sponge: Exclusive DABSMYLA Interview

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Danger Garden: Showroom Visit

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