It's possible

Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná and metropolis of south-eastern Brazil, is considered to be an outstanding example of sustainable urban planning and living. In order to overcome its huge urban problems, the city planners of Curitiba have, for the past 40 years, come up with creative, cost-efficient and sustainable solutions. These solutions have bestowed a very high quality of life for its citizens. 85% of citizens use the public transit system, made more accessible and efficient by Jaime Lerner's bus loading tubes. Be inspired by this bustling southern city and discover how Curitiba has been designed for pedestrian life.

Long before the movement for sustainable urban spaces began in Europe in the early 1970’s, one city planner and architect was transforming Curitiba, a Brazilian metropolis, into an urban, ecological and social space. Jaime Lerner, turned Curitiba into the cleanest, greenest and most progressive city in Brazil. His motto: "The city is not the problem, but the solution". For nearly 40 years, Curitiba has been a model for social, ecological and economic growth in Latin America and beyond.

Faced with major development problems, the expert planners in Curitiba focus on creative, cost effective and forward-looking solutions, creating the highest quality of life standard in the region. The famous "Bus-Rapid-Transit-System" is an example for megacities around the world. The fact that more that 85% of inhabitants use the city buses every day speaks for itself.

Austrian directors, Jörg Pibal and Paul Romauch, traveled to Curitiba to meet the actors of this sustainable transformation. Their superb documentary allows Europeans to understand the "Curitiba phenomenon" and the positivity of Jaime Lerner is hugely contagious.

Director(s): Jörg Pibal, Paul Romauch
Script: Jörg Pibal, Paul Romauch
Production: 8film
Actors: Jaime Lerner, Matthias Lühn
Year: 2008
Duration: 44 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): English, Portuguese
Language (subtitles): German, English, Portuguese
Country of origin: Austria
Shooting Locations: Brazil
Screening rights: 8film ()


Main topic(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities
Secondary topics: car public transportation urban development
Mentions: city ecology economy urban planning system environment sustainability bus rapid transit rapid bus system public transport transport quality of life
Topic Page(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities

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