Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

Henrique previously sent me some manhole cover pictures from Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, including a manhole cover that was overflowing with sewage. This time, Henrique’s picture is of a manhole cover overflowing with potable water. The source of Ribeirao Preto’s drinking water is the Guarani Aquifer.



Today’s manhole covers are from Ribeirao Preto. A city of 665,000 residents, Ribeirao Preto is located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

Thanks to Henrique for the pictures. He tells me that the picture with the water bubbling up from the manhole cover is raw sewage. 

Portuguese pavement usually consists of stylized patterns that look cool but don’t resemble anything in nature (or only have a vague resemblance). In Curitiba, I saw a rare example of a sidewalk inspired by nature.
The tree depicted in this Portuguese pavement is a type of pine that is native to Curitiba and its surrounding region. This distinctive pine has many names, including Pinheiro do Parana, Curi, Curiuva, Pinheiro-Araucaria, and Pinheiro Sao Jose.
An interesting side note is that the word “Curitiba”  is derived from the Tupi-Guarani indigenous words “curi” and “tiba.”  “Curi” means pine, and “tiba” means abundant, so Curitiba means a “place of abundant pines.”  The Tingui tribe of the Tupi-Guarani nation were the first settlers of this region of Brazil.

In April 2010, Brasilia celebrated its 50th birthday as a city. When Brasilia was conceived, car was king. Even today, there are sections of the grand Monumental Axis (the equivalent of the National Mall in Washington DC) where there are no sidewalks for pedestrians. Along streets that lack  sidewalks, pedestrians have forged dirt paths.

Sidewalk leading to the Congresso Nacional (National Congress).

A dirt path near the Catedral Metropolitana (Cathedral of Brasilia).

Sidewalk-- and free curb-side parking-- along the Monumental Axis.

Sidewalk market near the Cathedral of Brasilia.

Public trash bin

Public space recycling

Sidewalk in a neo "Portuguese pavement" style. (The more traditional Portuguese pavement style is a tapestry of many small stones, whereas this sidewalk has long, thin pavers).

Portuguese pavement and sewer manhole cover.

manhole cover for a stormwater pipe (courtesy of Tia Mari)

stormwater manhole cover


(courtesy of M.)

another stormwater manhole cover

triangular mahhole cover (courtesy of M.)