Brazil : Urban Planning Challenges

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  • A city shouldn't be a problem, says Jaime Lerner, the former mayor of Curitiba. "It should be a solution." This program explores innovative planning, engineering, and conservation at work in the Brazilian metropolis as it transcends many of the problems plaguing other South American cities. The film spotlights fully modernized public transportation and recycling systems, a "Citizenship Street" zoning pattern that reduces high-volume traffic, an oil collection program that transforms used cooking grease into biofuel, and other successful initiatives. But the need for a waste-for-food exchange program demonstrates that even Curitiba must still contend with poverty and other social challenges.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 04, 2010.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • Public Transportation in Curitiba, Parana (4:01) -- Social Services in Brazil (2:43) -- Waste Management in Brazil (2:12) -- Produce Exchange Program (4:38) -- Bio Fuel Bus Project in Brazil (4:12) -- Protecting Brazil's Natural Environment (1:23) -- Vertical Development in Brazil (4:02) -- Goals of Brazilian Transport Policy (3:28)
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