Brazilian site Planeta Sustentavel (Sustainable planet) has published an interview with architect Jaime Lerner, an environmental star that has turned the city of Curitiba into one of the greenest cities in the world.
With a poetical tone, Lerner takes on the meaning of sustainability, his obsession with educating children on ecological issues, and what he calls ‘urban accupunture’.
Jump to the extended to read what this visionary that is now aiming to transform the city of Luanda (in Angola) has to say (Picture: Lerner at a rapid bus station in Curitiba).
Via Planeta Sustentavel
“A sustainable city is the one that integrates housing, work and leisure, while preserving its history and investing in public transportation.” With this idea in mind, Jaime Lerner has turned Curitiba, capital of the Parana State in Brazil, into one of the greenest cities in the world.
Some of his ideas were to educate children on garbage separation in order for them to educate their parents, to exchange food for recovered garbage in favelas (poor settlements) in order to encourage trash separation, and to put sheep in parks for them to take care of grass and attract children.
Now on a project to revitalize the marine coast, solve the garbage management issues and transform the road system in Luanda, Angola; Lerner is constantly consulted by governments from cities around the world on environmental issues.In these short interviews with Planeta Sustentavel where he gives short ideas of his vision, you can feel Lerner’s ideology about small solutions that solve big problems.
If you feel like practicing your Portuguese, here are the interviews in video. Translation of the phrases are below each.
“Curitiba has proved that it is possible, that [becoming sustainable] can happen, and that simple solutions are possible.” Read the rest of this entry »