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How Le Corbusier changed the world. His ideas influenced other architects and city planners, such as Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, who designed Brasilia, the Brazilian capital built from scratch in the late 1950s. Picture: AP/FOTOLIA

Brazilian architecture studio Alan Chu have renovated an apartment in São Paulo. The project was named ‘Ap Cobogó’ due to the traditional ceramic blocks (Cobogós) that were used in the renovation. Thanks to the modernist Brazilian architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, the Cobogós became popular and began to be used as an interior element in 1930s. By then, the Cobogós were made of cement only. With its popularization started to be molded with other materials such as clay, glass…