Jaime Lerner

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The crises we are experiencing should fuel efforts to start building better cities now. A more cohesive and sustainable society arises from its public spaces and landmarks, good streets, squares, parks, memorials, theaters and museums. These are a city’s “living rooms,” where urbanity happens. A human construct by definition, a city is a setting for people to meet. We must shape its future.

-Jaime Lerner, from NYT article How to Build a Sustainable City

Vital Signs

The notion of restoring the vital signs of an ailing spot with a simple healing touch has everything to do with revitalizing not only that specific place but also the entire area that surrounds it.

I believe that some of the magic of medicine can and should be applied to cities, for many of them are ailing, and some are almost terminal. Just as good medicine depends on the interaction between doctor and patient, successful urban planning involves triggering healthy responses within the city, probing here and there to stimulate improvements and positive chain reactions.

Intervention is all about revitalization, an indispensable way of making an organism function and change.

– Jaime Lerner, Author of Urban Acupuncture