Roberto Burle Marx A Brazilian landscape architect, known for introducing Modernism to Brazil. Born in 1909 in São Paulo, he became interested in garden design thanks to his parents. In his projects, he habitually used native plants to create blocks of colour. He had a vast knowledge of Brazilian botany and a large collection of the plants in his estate Barra de Guaratiba. He treated his landscapes like abstract paintings, always approaching his work with total perfection. His projects have a sense of timelessness and they work with nature, instead of against it. Symmetry is not found in his projects, instead the plants are grouped in large clumps of one species and the water bodies are pleasantly free-formed. Copacabana Beach promenade, Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro and Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park are only a few among many of his famous designs.