Josivan Rodrigues

Recife (PE)

Cobogó de Pernambuco
[Cobogó from Pernambuco], 2013


The cobogó is a prefabricated hollow and modular construction element. Invented in Pernambuco in the early 20th century, it opens way to natural ventilation and provides protection against sunlight, important requirements for tropical buildings. This explains why it is used both in modernist and vernacular architecture. Juxtaposed in large planes, they also form a graphic pattern. After realizing the plasticity of this element in the landscape of Recife and Olinda, Rodrigues saved the images and history of the cobogó. In addition to the photo-essay displayed here, Rodrigues also published a book in 2013.




photo: Maíra Acayaba

about the author

Josivan is from Pernambuco, graduated in design and works as an independent photographer. He applies the photographic language to stimulate the discussion about the city and the urban environment. His work aims at documenting the landscape built and the actors that occupy these spaces.