Watch this space

Urban pedagogy promotes the ability to read, interpret, design and shape urban spaces. An essential skill in today’s world. Watch this space can be an interesting starter kit for those who are willing to explore more about all this. It’s a Little book published in 2010, written by Hadley Dyer and illustrated by Marc Ngui….

Children in public spaces activate communities

As a child, Tim Gill’s daughter – one of the UK’s biggest voices when it comes to childhood – enjoyed spending some time at the nursery backyard where a few trees quickly became a “forest” in that little girl’s eyes. The example serves to illustrate an idea that Gill strongly advocates: bringing children closer to…

Cell phone use and children cognitive development

During the 80’s, computers were still restricted to labs and big companies. In 2007, 93% of North America children between 6 and 9 years old could access a cell phone. Contact with new technologies and gadgets continues to grow exponentially. Each day, children are more and more exposed to the digital world. It’s undeniable that…

Corporate mobility and bike commuting

Corporate mobility is composed of a group of tools used as an incentive to achieve more sustainable transportation for the main urban commuting, the route between house and workplace. It is part of an urban planning model known as Travel Demand Management, which intends to go beyond availability and expansion of road infrastructures. One of…

The city is the countryside, the countryside is the city

This is the original title of the article Reflections on the urban lifestyle published on November 8th, 2015 in the newspaper O Imparcial. Agriculture appeared 10,000 years ago and right after that came the cities. It was the ability to control food production in a stable manner which enabled the first permanent human settlements. Throughout…

Cycling with kids

Five reasons why is so important to introduce the bicycle to your kids as soon as possible: 1. Physical Activity Endocrinologist Paulo C├ęsar Alves da Silva, from the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology, considers that obesity in children reached epidemic levels and alerts that obese kids and teens will have more chance to keep like this…

The meaning of Onegai Shimasu

“Onegai shimasu” doesn’t translate easily into English. The second part “shimasu” is basically the verb “suru” in the present tense, which means “to do”. “Onegai” comes from the verb “negau“, which means literally pray for (something) or wish for (something). The particle “O” in the beginning is the honorific that makes the expression more respectful….

Street Films in Curitiba

  In February 2009, we had the pleasure to welcome two special visitors from New York. Elizabeth Press (from Street Films) and Caroline Samponaro (from Transportation Alternatives) came to Curitiba to see how our BRT system works. In the last years, New York has implemented lots of changes to make the city more habitable. They…