Noted Brazilian architect hospitalized

Rio de Janeiro: Centenarian Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has been hospitalized here with a respiratory infection, medical officials said Thursday.

The 104-year-old entered Rio de Janeiro`s Samaritan hospital Wednesday night, a spokesman at the medical facility said.

The architect`s daughter, Ana Lucia Niemeyer, told local media that her father is not in serious condition and was merely receiving fluids intravenously for help him in recovering from a cold.

Niemeyer is internationally known for designing the main government buildings in Brasilia - Brazil`s futuristic capital, founded in 1960 - and dozens of works in other cities around the world.

He was hospitalized for 12 days in April 2010 due to a urinary tract infection and spent 24 days in the hospital in September and October 2009 with an intestinal tumor, which was surgically removed.

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