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Urban Acupuncture


  • Jaime Lerner is a leader in sustainability in cities and a forerunner of contemporary well-known urbanists

  • Urban Acupuncture is the only work by Lerner available in English

  • It is a beautifully-illustrated meditation on the elements that uplift cities and improve communities around the world

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Table of contents (40 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 1-4
  3. 24-Hour Shopkeepers in New York City

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 5-7
  4. The Old Cinema Novo

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 8-10
  5. Rescuing a River

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 11-14
  6. The Forbidden City

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 15-16
  7. Cali

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 17-19
  8. Do Nothing! Urgently

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 20-22
  9. Around The Clock, Or The 24-Hour City

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 23-25
  10. Urban Kindness

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 26-32
  11. Musical Acupuncture

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 33-35
  12. Continuity is Life

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 36-38
  13. Street Sounds, Colors, and Scents

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 39-41
  14. Good Recycling

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 42-45
  15. People in the Streets

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 46-49
  16. Smart Car, Smart Bus

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 50-53
  17. Commitment to Solidarity

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 54-57
  18. Draw Your City

    • Jaime Lerner
    Pages 58-61

About this book

During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and ‘80s, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. Through his pioneering work, Lerner has learned that changes to a community don’t need to be large-scale and expensive to have a transformative impact—in fact, one block, park or a single person can have an outsized effect on life in the surrounding city. In Urban Acupuncture, his first work published in English, Lerner celebrates these “pinpricks” of urbanism—projects, people and initiatives from around the world that ripple through their communities to uplift city life. With meditative and descriptive prose, Lerner brings readers around the world to streets and neighborhoods where urban acupuncture has been practiced best, from the bustling La Boqueria market in Barcelona to the revitalization of the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea. Through this journey, Lerner invites us to re-examine the true building blocks of vibrant communities—the tree-lined avenues, night vendors and songs and traditions that connect us to our cities and to one another.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Curitiba, Brazil

    Jaime Lerner

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Acupuncture

  • Authors: Jaime Lerner

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Island Press Washington, DC

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Jaime Lerner 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-61091-584-7Published: 14 July 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 144

  • Number of Illustrations: 55 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Urbanism, Sustainable Development