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Jaime Lerner

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The link above takes you to a 15 minute talk by Jaime Lerner – who most of us know because of the Curitiba busway. But what he demonstrates in 15 minutes is that he is a lot more than a bus man.

With maverick flair and a strategist’s disdain for accepted wisdom, Jaime Lerner re-invented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way he managed to revolutionize bus transit, awaken green consciousness in a populace accustomed to litter and blight, and change the way city planners and bureaucrats world-wide conceive what’s possible within the tangled structure of the metropolitan landscape.

From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In the process he has transformed the face of cities worldwide. Read full bio »

It is probably of no interest to anyone else but the way I found this talk was because someone who calls himself Cap’n Transit posted a comment about the Amtrak train that beat out the plane. And before I allow new posters I check them out, to defeat the spammers and trolls. And in this case I think I struck gold.

I’m not against cars. But your city doesn’t have to be oriented toward them. A car is like your mother-in-law. You want to have a good relationship with her, but you can’t let her conduct your life. If the only woman in your life is your mother-in-law, you are in trouble.

Jaime Lerner

By the way, he is not the greatest advocate of public consultation. He created the city’s first pedestrian street in 72 hours – and before the merchants had read about it in their morning papers.

Written by Stephen Rees

April 6, 2008 at 8:10 pm

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