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Old January 20th, 2010, 06:27 AM   #1
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Blue skies, 11ºC and a density: my hike through Porto Alegre´s downtown

attention: the photos on this thread were taken in July, but it seems I had forgotten to post them here at SSC (only posted on SSP). Of course, right now its SUMMER in Porto Alegre.

Well, unfortunatelly I didnt take more photos to post on the forums. The objective of me going to Porto Alegre was to take façade pictures to model Porto Alegre buildings in GoogleEarth (to anyone who hasnt seen the thread: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=170479 )


Even so, I was able to take a FEW pictures to post on the forums... 74 to be more exact

The weather was aweomse... not a cloud to be seen on the skies and 11ºC at noon (51F).


1 - taxi drivers on the beginning of Borges de Medeiros Avenue


2 - União Seguros building


3 - alley behind União Seguros building... at background you can see Santa Cruz building, tallest in Porto Alegre at 33 storeys


4 - same alley, showing how narrow are many streets in Porto Alegre downtown.


5 - City Hotel, at building on the side of União Seguros... 4 stars... I didnt expected to find such a nice hotel at Porto Alegre downtown. (99% of the buildings in Porto Alegre downtown were built before the 80s, most in the 50s and 60s... and all new buildings and companies are located outside downtown... sometimes, very far away)


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6,5 (imageshack messes up the upload, so I had to insert this picture later in the thread)


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9 - well, at least its a busy downtown


10


11 - some streetsellers


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22 - POA downtown is full of dense, narrow, shadowy, claustrophobic streets... I love it! :haha:


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24 - União Seguros and City Hotel buildings


25 - the "new" building of Porto Alegre City Hall (the older one is located in front of it)


26 - same


27 - same again


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31 - going up Borges de Medeiros Avenue now, but since I focused at taking façades pictures for 3D modelling mainly, I didnt took any shot of the avenue itself


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42 - at this moment, a friend from SSC who owns a Porto Alegre photos website (www.portoimagem.com), and its a municipality employee, called me to go meet him up the City Hall building, so I went down Borges de Medeiros Avenue again (didnt got close to the awesome viaduct (which I will show later in the thread)


43 - Federasul building


44 - Borges de Medeiros Canyon


45 - Metro station


45,5 (another picture Imageshack´s uploader messed up)


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52 - Skywalk


53 - Oh yeah... these photos were not taken from a terrace or balcony. When we arrived at the library at the top of the building, we went to the balcony, and JUMPED over it to a ledge that goes around the building. Well, lucky that my friend knew the guy in the library.


54


55 - back to the ground


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59 - Metropolitan Cathedral at background


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62 - GBOEX building


63 - ... which sits atop the small Rua da Praia mall (Rua da Praia means Beach Street... in the 19th century, this street was the last one before the lake beach)


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66 - old Chase Manhattan building façade detail


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68 - Subway


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70 - Sulacap building, one of the coolest 50s building in Brazil, imho


71 - where mankind landed, 40 years ago


72 - Salgado Filho Avenue
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Old January 20th, 2010, 06:28 AM   #2
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remember photos 32, 33 and 36??

(from www.portoimagem.com , original author unknown)

downtown in 1953. União Seguros, City Hotel, Sulacap, City Hall and others, already existed

(from www.portoimagem.com , original author unknown)

in 1981... downtown already saturated. For some reason, demolishing buildings was never a practice in Brazil, so new commercial buildings just started appearing elsewhere in the city)


photo by Gilberto Simon, showing Borges de Medeiros Avenue


Otávio Rocha viaduct, at the top of Borges de Medeiros Av.



Borges de Medeiros Av. from the south, looking towards downtown (by Gilberto Simon)


that Sulacap building (my photo)


downtown skyline, by Gerson
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this location is 6km away from downtown

(photo by Gerson)


by Gerson

and this is 3km away (at the Sheraton Hotel, which you can see at photo #51)
looking south

by Gerson

looking west

by Gerson

looking east
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Old January 20th, 2010, 07:30 AM   #3
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Great stuff Aces..i'm not one of the fans of POA's downtown as many people from town but your pics captured well the people and the 'caothic' POA. It's impressive how the people from RS are beautiful, not many places are like here imo.

Great job!!
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #4
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... For some reason, demolishing buildings was never a practice in Brazil, so new commercial buildings just started appearing elsewhere in the city) ...
thank god. there are not many cities in the world left with that huge amount of skyscrapers of the first generation. that's what I love about brazilian cities. you can see the splendour of the past on every corner.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #5
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Great, very nice photos from Porto Alegre
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Old January 20th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #6
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Lovely pics.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:08 PM   #7
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it reminds me of downtown Sao Paulo....I like it.
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