Curitiba, the world’s leading eco-city?
In times of ecological uncertainty Curitiba has been seen as a great model to learn from. “The city is not the problem, it is the solution” were the words of architect and ex mayor of Curitiba, Jaime Lerner. The tour starts in the heart of the old city centre exploring pedestrian streets and viewing some examples of the city’s artistic and cultural life like the Guaira theatre. We will then explore a wide range of green areas in the city, of varying scales, each with their own unique set of criteria, levels of connection with nature and individual mystique and charm with the Botanical Garden of Curitiba as the best example. We will also use what many call “the world’s best bus system”, with the giant red buses and their metro like tubes, to get around, take a look at the urban agriculture and to the current project of the revitalisation of the Barigui River.
Join this tour and you will explore the evolution of this fascinating city, how it came about, how it has stood the test of time, what challenges it faces today and what innovative solutions it is attempting now.
€45 per person
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About Duncan Crowley
Urban greening systems is Duncan Crowley’s thing, our Irish architect living in Curitiba, who has worked in 7 different countries and lived in Barcelona for 7 years before moving Brazil.
He finished his degree in architecture in Dublin in 2005 with a project that proposed an 18km orbital bicycle greenway and CPUL (continuous productive urban landscape), during that time he helped kickstart a programme of urban food production which has grown and grown, and over half of the greenway proposal has been installed by the city council, with plans for much more this year.
He moved to Barcelona in 2006 and worked for some years with an eco-consultancy group EIG (eco intelligent growth),with them he was commissioned by CADS (Catalan sustainability advice board) to propose solutions for urban sustainability. In 2010, he was a finalist in a world architecture competition run by the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, his work was published in the book “Self Sufficient City”.
During university he took breaks to work. He has worked in many firms of varying sizes in Ireland on many different projects. He also participated for many years with the EASA network (European Architectural Students Assembly) and worked on architectural projects of different types in Croatia, Bosnia, Denmark and France.In 2006 he participated in the Venice architecture Bienale and he was invited by Patrick Bouchain to live for some weeks in the Metavilla, the French pavillion and was asked to participate in the residentMETA project at the French bienale by EXYZT.
Due to the unfolding economic crisis in Europe he moved to Latin America in 2013. He is currently working on a mixed use building in Ayacucho, Peru and is involved at the initial stages for a public square in Curitiba, Brazil.
Greening the city and connecting communities @ Barcelona (CCCB 2010 vid)