Recognition of Culture


Encouraging the preservation and propagation of Society's memory is crucial for strengthening collective identity and guaranteeing the sustainable development of the Communities.  Attentive to this fact, Odebrecht invests in the archives of institutes, biographies and records marking the history of different countries and corporations.

They are works such as the one that reconstructs the journey of Brazil's discovery; which narrates the end of the Empire and the instauration of Republic in Brazil, or the one that details how the population of African descent helped build the country. There are also the biographies, such as of Castro Alves and Father José de Anchieta; and the compilations of works, such as the Itamaraty Map Collection, a dictionary of scientific biographies and a work by Italian naturalist Antônio José Landi, completed in the 18th century, which features sketches of Brazilian fauna and flora.

The following is the Group's archive:

Beyond Carnival

A lover of Brazilian music since he was five years old, the Ecuadorian sociologist and demographer Francisco Aguirre Racines became a tireless collector. In 1986, he began to produce and present a radio program in Quito that was entirely dedicated to the topic.

In Más Allá del Carnaval, published in 2004, Aguirre narrates the history of Brazilian popular music based on his own experience. It reveals in a simple and anecdotal way this relationship of tenderness and loyalty and offers the Spanish language reader an extensive overview of the evolution of Brazilian rhythms.

In his narrative, the author uses interviews with major figures in Brazilian music, along with news articles, photos, a compilation of lyrics adapted to Spanish and a discography with over 400 titles. Aguirre, one of the greatest publicizers of our music in South America, scans the origins, forms and trends of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) and presents its greatest composers and singers, from Chiquinha Gonzaga to Zeca Pagodinho.

Borders and Confrontations

Em Fronteiras e Confrontos, Donaldo Shüler delved into the conferences from the 2008 edition of Fronteiras. The work organizes into four major themes the proposals of the conference participants and ideas defended in the dialogue with the course public in Porto Alegre.

The topics “Borders,” “Man,” “Ethics” and “Places” demonstrate the sharp perception with which the academic consultant of Fronteiras established cross-sectional studies and achieved unique connections between the topics addressed and the emerging problems of our modern day.

The publication, sponsored by Odebrecht, was launched in 2009.

Brazil of the Voyagers

From the period of the Discovery to the end of the 19th century, hundreds of traveling artists passed through Brazil or settled there. As inheritance, they left their personal impressions of the tropical nature and Brazilian people – a universe of images built by men from different backgrounds. Some of these include the Dutch Albert Eckout and Frans Post, the French Debret and German Rugendas.

O Brasil dos Viajantes is an inventory of this priceless legacy. This includes engravings, maps, paintings, drawings, tapestries and other art forms that make up a multifaceted vision of Brazil. Published in 1994 in three volumes, the book presents the first global analysis of this little-studied aspect of the country's history.

The first volume focuses on the “Imaginary of the New World,” starting with the first visual and figurative representations from the 16th and 17th centuries on the recently-discovered lands. The second, “A Place in the Universe,” is dedicated to the intellectual and reflective vision of traveling artists, from the 16th century to the first decades of the 19th century. In the final volume, “Construction of Landscape,” the research delves into the new vision of art, domesticated and limited by technique, which began to dominate in the mid-19th century.

The book is the result of the organization, research and text of Ana Maria de Moraes Belluzo from the University of São Paulo School of Architecture and Urbanism, and the graphic design and art direction of Victor Burton. O Brasil dos Viajantes is the product of four years of research of bibliographic and primary sources found in five Brazilian states and 16 countries.

Brazil on the Inside - … and the Social Aspect of Jorge Amado’s Narrative

In the 1980s, Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera, Ecuadorian writer – a poet recognized throughout Hispanic America, a promoter of culture and university professor – came to Brazil. For a period of a few months, he participated in the Policies and Cultural Administration course organized by OEA. He became enthralled with the country and its people, and upon returning to Ecuador, he put to paper his impressions of Brazil’s cultural heritage and the cities he visited.

The text was published modestly with local distribution. Twenty years later, it was discovered by an Odebrecht Member in Ecuador. This discovery was followed by the invitation for Hidrovo to return to Brazil and update his impressions. This new trip led to the book Brasil Por Dentro – ...y lo social en la narrativa de Jorge Amado.

The first part of the work presents the text written during the 1980s, together with a chapter on the new evaluation of Brazil’s cultural heritage from 2001 - the year it was published. The second part presents a study about the work of Jorge Amado, in which Hidrovo emphasizes the vision of Brazilian society presented by the Bahia writer in the so-called "proletarian novel.”

To illustrate the work, photographer Geleco was invited to accompany the writer on his new journey through Brazil, capturing eloquent images of its land and people.

Brazil – Airport Infrastructure

The operational and historic aspects of the 21 main Brazilian airports make up the content of Brasil – Infraestrutura Aeroportuária. The book, published in two languages (Portuguese / English) in 1985, received the editorial coordination of Leila Alves and research of Jackson Flores Júnior, complemented by the never before published photographic work of Arthur Lundgren and Leandro Sangoi.

An illustrated journey through the history of Brazilian Aeronautics, the book analyzes the origins of Brazilian aviation: from the experiences of Father Bartolomeu de Gusmão, with his plane Passarola, to the achievements of Alberto Santos Dumont and his 14 Bis in the Bagatelle Field in France.