Faculty Mentor

Dr. Lauretta Frederking

Subject Area

Environmental Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences


Curitiba, Brazil has become an international model for sustainable development and social regeneration. Its success has been despite a diminutive budget and rather has depended on creative, multi-dimensional solutions that solve multiple problems simultaneously. This paper analyzes Curitiba’s urban parks and public transportation policies in relation to a holistic definition of sustainable development. The purpose of this article is to highlight the manner by which Curitiba has created an ethos of sustainability so that other cities might learn to emulate this model while recognizing the ways in which many of these policies are specific to the place where they are implemented.


Curitiba, Brazil, sustainability, urban planning, Jaime Lerner, culture

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