Recife Antigo

This Sunday, my host professor and his family gave my family and I a wonderful tour of Recife Antigo. Technically, “Recife Antigo” is a manufactured name designed to market the part of the Bairro Recife located on the island of Recife, which contains the original Dutch settlement from the 17th century. Long abandoned for most […]

Back in the Bairro São José

My wife and I decided to return again to the Bairro São José this weekend and spend a little bit more time in the Mercado São José (last week we had our toddlers with us and didn’t really spend a lot of time looking around). Some of the things that you can find in abundance […]

Estelita and the Horto d’el Ray

The last two cases that I’ve been investigating for my research are the Cais José Estelita in Recife and the Horto d’el Ray in Olinda. The Estelita is an historical train yard located on a wharf or pier on in the São Jose neighborhood of Recife. It was established in the middle of the 19th […]

In the eyes of laypeople

Recently, I was reading “The Pro-Development, Anti-Historic Preservationist” by Michael Allen on the Next City web site. It is a good overview of the changing public perceptions of historic preservation, including how many people are doing “historic preservation”, but don’t associate themselves with the term or the movement. These individuals don’t join historic preservation organizations, […]

Bairro de São José

With the weekend here, my wife and I decided to get out of the apartment and do a little exploring. My wife was interested in seeing Mercado São José (St. Joseph Market), which I described to her from my previous trip in 2007. We decided to walk from our apartment in the Bairro de Graças […]

Tipping heritage or the tombamento

As I am learning Portuguese, I often rely on Google to translate words or phrases. One phrase that repeatedly appears in my research is the word tombamento that always appears in context with the designation of heritage buildings and places. Google insists on translating this word into the English word, “tipping”. For instance, take this […]

Burle Marx and the Praça Casa Forte

Back in graduate school, a friend of mine from Brazil introduced me to the landscape architect, Burle Marx (1909-1994). He is internationally known for his work that was uniquely Brazilian, incorporating many folk art elements in his designs. He had a love for plants that were indigenous to Brazil and was one of the first […]