If you provide good alternatives for public transport, you won't have traffic problems.
If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.
Sometimes the media gives us the impression that we are terminal patients, because of problems of global warmth or the ozone layer. And the people, they don't understand that they can could change this situation for the better if they could act locally in a city.
A car is like a mother-in-law - if you let it, it will rule your life.
There is little in the architecture of a city that is more beautifully designed than a tree.
Cities are not problems. They are solutions.
We have to change from 'ego-architecture' to 'eco-architecture.'
There are three major issues now that are becoming important, not only for cities, but for all mankind: Mobility, sustainability - which is linked to mobility - and social diversity.
There is no place in a city that can't be better. There is no toad that can't be a princess, no frog that can't become a prince.
Bureaucracy is like a fungus that contaminates everything.
The secret to the city is integration. Every area of the city should combine work, leisure and culture. Separate these functions and parts of the city die.
After working in cities for nearly 40 years, I am telling you that every city can improve its quality of life in less than three years, no matter the scale or the financial conditions.
Curitiba is not a paradise. We have all the problems that most Latin American cities have. We have slums. We have the same difficulties, but the big difference is the respect given by people due to the quality of the services which are provided.
I always run into these Ph.D.s. They write and write and write about sustainable development. Then these guys ask me, 'But, how do you do it?' They are scared to death to do anything.
We can't have landfills forever, and we can't ask others to accept our trash.
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