During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and '80s, the author transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. In this book, he celebrates these "pinpricks" of urbanism, projects, people, and initiatives from around the world that ripple through their communities to uplift city life.
Jaime Lerner is a renowned architect and urban planner who served three terms as mayor of the city of Curitiba, Brazil and two terms as governor of the State of Parana. During his time in office, Lerner led initiatives to improve sustainability, transportation, and quality of life that made Curitiba a model of urbanism. He has won numerous international awards, including the United Nations Environmental Award (1990), and was nominated as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential thinkers in the world in 2010. Lerner is Founder of the consulting firm Jaime Lerner Associated Architects, served as President of the International Union of Architects (2002-2005), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute.