Winner of the Clarival do Prado Valladares Award in 2004, the research project authored by Consuelo Novais Sampaio, professor at the Federal University of Bahia, was transformed into a book the following year. The illustrated edition features 200 images, many never before published.
50 Anos de Urbanização – Salvador da Bahia no século XIX addresses the changes and reactions provoked in Salvador with the development of the urban service network. During the second half of the 19th century, the city received its first public transportation, water supply, sanitation and lighting services.
The study demonstrates how these services gave Salvador a modernity that set it apart from the major Brazilian cities of the time. It also showed that the advance was driven heavily by private investments, as part of a successful partnership between the government and executives.