One step at a time

Chapter 1

Pavement as branding: calçada portuguesa

One simple and beautiful thing that unites the cities of Lisbon, Macau, Rio de Janeiro and Maputo is the floor. ‘Calçada portuguesa’ (Portuguese pavement) consists of small flat pieces of stone arranged by hand to form patterns and images. We hear more about the humble paving stone that’s the pride of a small nation.

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