Planners in Politics
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Planners in Politics

Do they Make a Difference?

Edited by Louis Albrechts

In this innovative book, ten executive politicians with backgrounds in planning from around the world dissect their own political careers. Reflecting on the often structural impact of their work in political decision-making, they also consider the translation of their experiences back into academic life or professional practice.
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Chapter 7: Of architects, mayors and Curitiba: a tale of a Brazilian city

Jaime Lerner


The chapter focuses on the interaction of the career of Jaime Lerner as an architect and urbanist and as a politician, former mayor of Curitiba and governor of the State of Paraná. It invites the reader to explore the formative years and the professional journey of a mayor who deeply shaped the quality of life and the identity of the city of Curitiba, and to reflect upon the resonances and interchanges with a political role. It narrates a personal story, illuminated by concrete examples, of the importance of the architect as the professional of proposal, and of the politician as an agglutinative force of realizing ideas on behalf of the City.

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