2nd Day of ICL & Walkabout

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João Pessoa Convention Center

Aside from the usual lineup of lectures to attend and engaging in discussions with colleagues during the 2nd day of the ICL meeting, I had some opportunity today to walk about the convention center grounds outside. When I first saw the place yesterday I thought it looked sort of like an airport with the large buildings reminiscent of airplane hangers and the tall central structure reminiscent of an air traffic control tower. So, today I thought I would explore it some more with a walkabout. It's quite a grand place in size, but my general sense is that it is rather stark as far as the grounds go. I suppose the architecture itself and functionality of the place is meant to be practical in a variety of ways, with some appealing aesthetics, but I thought the area surrounding the buildings could use more landscaping with paths, shrubs, flowers, maybe sculptures or such to dress it up a bit.

João Pessoa Convention Center
The ICL website has a detailed description about the convention center, which I give here:

"The João Pessoa Convention Center consists of four main buildings: the Lookout Tower, Fairs and Exhibition Halls, the Congress and Convention Halls and the Pedra do Reino Theater. It presents a total building area of 48676 m^2, and provides facilities for corporate events such as exhibitions, fairs, symposia and conferences, as well as big events and big exhibitions. Many global events have already been hosted there such as The RoboCup that is one of the world’s largest technology events, Expotec: High Innovation that brought together about 3000 professionals from the Free Software areas indoor and The Internet Governance Forum UNO, as just a few examples.

João Pessoa Convention Center
Besides, the Convention Center presents the following infrastructure:

* Ability to perform 20 simultaneous events

* Events that can hold up to 20000 participants
* Total exposure capacity 32000 m^2
* 2400 m^2 of shared space
* Parking for 2000 cars and 22 buses

* Helipad with 900 m^2

Bordering the entire area of the enterprise, there is an ecological corridor of 100 meters wide, with all the existing vegetation preserved. In addition, João Pessoa city is the easternmost point of the South American Continent and for this reason a square with a sundial was created in front of the belvederes. Furthermore, the whole structure of João Pessoa Convention Center is tailored to people with special needs.
Evening music & dance performance
Locomotions were designed with special attention: access ramps and elevators meet the floors of all the buildings of the Convention Center."

During the late morning there was a gathering for the group photo of the ICL meeting. This proved to be some challenge for the people photographing the event as it is always problematic to get people arranged in some semblance of order, and find a proper distance and perspective to fit them all in the frame. The end result came out quite good, and a very nice group photo was made, and later embellished by the staff. In the evening after the poster sessions there was another concert with some local performers and dancers that was very entertaining. It was quite the lively and vibrant performance by the muscians and dance performers.

Avenida Cabo Branco at night
Some of the participants even got into the spirit of things and joined the damcers in some of their routines. This was rather a nice way to end the day in enjoying the uplifting performance. In the end, overall, It was a very long day, just as yesterday, and I was quite tired by the time I returned to the hotel. I took a little time to walk about a bit around Avenida Cabo Branco and the beach area before returing to my my room. The photos don't really do it justics, but there is something quite pleasant about the beaches here in João Pessoa at night, peaceful and serene  to enjoy and unwind from the day. I also went up to the top floor of the Hotel Nord Luxxor to see the views from there at night. Quite a nice perspective up and down Cabo Branco Avenue with the beach beyond and for seeing some of the tall buildings of João Pessoa. There were no people up here at this time of the night, so I had the place all to myself to enjoy the views with peace an quite, and just some light traffic passing by below in the streets. I would later come up here during the daytime for a few photos, before departing Joao Pessoa and heading for home, and the entry for the 4th Day of ICL on August 31 for the daytime shots at the top level of the Hotel Nord Luxxor.

spocklogic says:
It's a decent looking complex, which I discovered on my walkabout, but as I noted in my narrative, I thought it could use some embellishment to dress it up a bit as far as landscaping goes, maybe with some shrubs, flowers, sculptures and that sort of thing.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2017
planxty says:
That is certainly a very impressive building.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2017
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Evening music & dance performance
Avenida Cabo Branco at night
Avenida Cabo Branco at night
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Attending lectures
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Gathering for group photo
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Gathering for group photo
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Poster session - corridor 1
Poster session - corridor 1
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Poster session - corridor 4
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Poster session - corridor panorama
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Avenida Cabo Branco at night
Avenida Cabo Branco at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
João Pessoa Beach at night
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Nord Luxxor at night (my hotel)
Nord Luxxor at night (my hotel)
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