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04th June 2010 11 comments — 7543 —

Firstly, before straight to the result of my immersion, it is necessary to sketch a picture of the where I live. We can not simply only on Favelas. As Tiziana (although talking about it is also applicable to Brazil), we to show good things as to look on the bright side.

cities were given a special present: a place on the of The World’s Smartest Cities . As the of this list says, smart is not simply a synonym of green. It requires a three-legged key of strong infrastructure, attractive and savvy urban planning. these ten special “god-blessed imagine my flabbergasted feeling at time when I saw my home at the top.

The American magazine reckoned to be remembered for its attention-grabbing lists one more. This time is all about The World’s Smartest Its author is the widely-published North-American Joel Kotkin.

Presidential in Urban Futures at Chapman in California, and Adjunct at the Legatum based in London. The 10 now famous chosen by him are :

No.1 — Singapore

No.2 — Kong, China

No.3 Curitiba, Brazil

No.4 Monterrey, Mexico

No.5 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

No.6 Seattle, USA

No.7 — USA

No.8 — Charleston, USA

— Huntsville, USA

No.10 Calgary, Canada

The only question is what a ‘smart is. Nowadays, a smart city to a place with a green agenda. Yet it has characterized successful in the past, now there is other factors that must be into account to label a as smart.

Like a strong infrastructure, an economy and a savvy urban

These criteria exclude behemoth cities like New Tokyo, Mexico City or Paulo, which suffer huge traffic congestion, estate prices and expanding disparities, what in this leads directly to a seething of violence. They are the beholders of the American urban historian Mumford calls ‘megalopolitan

Instead, in Kotkin words, cities tend to be smaller, and more efficient. And this not to be a one-off new idea. As the North-American wrote, between the 14th and centuries, modest-sized cities Venice and Antwerp not only vibrant urban quarters but modern capitalism.

What to reinforce the disputable proverb good things come in packages.

More, Curitiba was recently with the Globe Award City Stockholm, Sweden. The was unanimity among judges. My disputed with Sydney Malmö (Sweden), Murcia Songpa (South Korea) and Szczecinski (Poland).

Small package of Brazil

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The south city of Curitiba, which is in the place on the Forbes list, is worldwide as an innovator in everything bus-based rapid transit, by the majority (75%) of its residents, its balanced economic development

With a population of 3.5 million Curitiba demonstrates how to achieve the Brazilian dream without the violence, transport dysfunction and grinding poverty that many other Latin areas. The city’s program of Lighthouses of Knowledge — libraries and art spaces — on the of the central core of the city for inhabitants has become a model for cities. These are among the Reader’s Digest recently Curitiba the best place to in Brazil .

Speaking exclusively, the award-winning Jaime Lerner — times mayor of Curitiba, consultant for the UN and former president of the Union of Architects based in was emphatic when remembering the revolution he had led. Curitiba was and will be an important reference. It that a lot of things are possible if is strong commitment to simplicity and what guarantees the vanguard of the city, he says.


Nowadays, 83 cities around the are using the transport system by Lerner in Curitiba, like Mexico City and Los Angeles. to eight other Brazilian of its size, Curitiba uses 30 percent less fuel per because of this system, in one of the lowest rates of ambient air in the country. Its bus system plays a part in making this a city. Consequently, Curitiba has one of the heavily used, yet low-cost, systems in the world.

It offers many of the features of a system — vehicle unimpeded by traffic signals and fare collection prior to quick passenger loading and — but it is above ground and

Founded in 1693 from a explorers’ village, this Brazilian city to implement a had become an important trading that strengthen itself the arrival of European immigrants from Germany, Italy, and Japan — in the 19th

And differently from other in Curitiba there is still room to expand, and that is why so companies have been to bring in their business and like Exxon Mobil and

But is Curitiba so colourful as painted in magazines and was Jaime Lerner a good politician?

I do not think so.

you will be able to draw own conclusions

Images courtesy of Lerner and the Town hall of

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