19 November 2009

Curitiba, Brazil

The concepts implemented in Curitiba are in alignment with my own on chaotic/complex and relational planning. As stated in my article and book chapter on this subject, a key element in bringing about change in a urban environment is a leader or shaman/urban planner who gives the vision for the city. Without Jaime Lerner,a one-time Mayor of Curitiba and urban planner, it would have developed in the same manner as other cities in Brazil. Go to the following link to learn some more about Mr. Leaner and his predecessor (who is coninuing and expanding Learner's vision) at http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/brazil1203/master-plan.html

There are several videos and books or book chapters related to Curitiba. If you click on the title for this blog segment, you will be directed to a video on YouTube on Curitiba. The most comprehensive book on this subject is Urban Brazil: Visions, Afflictions, and Governance Lessons by Dr. Ivani Vassoler-Froelich (Cambria Press).
A special volume of Urbana (http://www.tamuk.edu/geo/Urbana/ ) devoted entirely to Curitiba is planned in 2010. It will include invited authors, but the editorial board would also welcome manuscripts from others concerning the urban planning and policy of Curitiba.

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