5.25 x 8.125
full color, 42 photos, 3 illustrations
5.25 x 8.125
full color, 42 photos, 3 illustrations
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. From the pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system to parks designed to catch runoff and reduce flooding and the creation of pedestrian-only zones, Lerner has been the driving force behind a host of innovative urban projects. In more than forty years of work in cities around the globe, Lerner has found 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, 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.
Urban Acupuncture is the first of Jaime Lerner’s visionary work to be published in English. It is a love letter to the elements that make a street hum with life or a neighborhood feel like home, penned by one of the world’s most successful advocates for sustainable and livable urbanism.
"Pragmatic, idealistic, poetic, and humane, Lerner's book is both a primer and a manifesto on the necessity and indispensability of the metropolis. The author poignantly encourages the reader to save, heal, and love cities."
"This set of musings, a translation of the original Brazilian Portuguese book, pulls you in with its natural, intimate tone; it’s like you are sitting and having a conversation with Lerner over a glass of wine in a cafe."
"Urban Acupuncture captures Lerner’s philosophy, expansive mind, and his dynamic personality through a series of anecdotes, musings, even a poem. Most are short — think of them as haikus for the urban planner — and thought-provoking. An unusual book from an unusual thinker, but with lessons that have broad application."
The Nature Conservancy's Science Chronicles
“Urban Acupuncture is a book that enlightens and inspires through eloquent prose explaining common sense solutions. To this end, Lerner concludes the book with a guide to how each of us express our love for the city and some small steps or ‘pinpricks’ we can take to apply urban acupuncture ourselves.”
"Joyful, uplifting book… As the author proves through his wonderful anecdotes, the heart of a city is made of individuals who know and love it, who care for it and work and live in it. With obvious fondness and even delight for the topic, this lovely little guide expresses the joy felt in cities, great and small, that stay human because of these small points of care."
San Francisco Book Review
"...a smart, quick read that urges urban residents to take a closer look at their everyday surroundings and find small but significant ways to improve the urban landscape..."
"Jaime Lerner’s Urban Acupuncture delves deeply into urban life and what makes cities tick. Drawing on his success as both a designer and politician, Lerner sets out a series of insightful concepts and practical recommendations for enriching urban life....Do not open this book expecting maps, formulas, and detailed instructions. Instead, look at it as a conversation with a wise, influential, award-winning thinker who reveals his hard-won secrets for improving city life...At its heart, this slim book is a love letter to the colors, sounds, sights, places, and memories of the quintessential city."
"...treasure of a book... Informative and fun, it sparks the imagination for small ideas — “pinpricks” — that can spread and have large impacts on a city."
"This book is like having a dinner with a good friend where the conversation just flows, one story after the other, good examples that will stick with you when you go home. One of these evenings where you go home inspired to do something yourself, believing that change can happen."
From the foreword by Jan Gehl, author of Cities for People and Founding Partner, Gehl Architects
"Jaime follows in the tradition of Jane Jacobs, William Whyte, and many other visionaries who have illuminated the world’s thinking on cities. Urban Acupuncture is a work of fierce love for real, living, people-filled cities and cities for people."
From the preface by Carol Coletta, VP/Community and National Initiatives, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
"In his first book in English, Lerner’s brief essays consider successful or innovative urban interventions around the world."
Landscape Architecture Magazine
Preface \ Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation
Foreword \ Jan Gehl
Chapter 1. 24-Hour Shopkeepers in New York City
Chapter 2. The Old Cinema Novo
Chapter 3. Rescuing a River
Chapter 4. The Forbidden City
Chapter 5. Cali
Chapter 6. Do Nothing! Urgently
Chapter 7. Around the Clock, or The 24-Hour City
Chapter 8. Urban Kindness
Chapter 9. Musical Acupuncture
Chapter 10. Continuity is Life
Chapter 11. Street Sounds, Colors, and Scents
Chapter 12. Good Recycling
Chapter 13. People in the Streets
Chapter 14. Smart Car, Smart Bus
Chapter 15. Commitment to Solidarity
Chapter 16. Draw Your City
Chapter 17. Instructions for Performing Urban Acupuncture
Chapter 18. Creative Leisure vs. Industrious Mediocrity
Chapter 19. Self-Esteem Is Good Acupuncture
Chapter 20. Light Is Good Acupuncture
Chapter 21. Aqua-puncture
Chapter 22. The Mobility Card
Chapter 23. Eco-clock
Chapter 24. Arborescence
Chapter 25. Produced Memory
Chapter 26. Of Parks, Squares, and Monuments
Chapter 27. The One-Page Guide
Chapter 28. Urban Cholesterol
Chapter 29. Buildings with Dignity
Chapter 30. Acupuncture of Silence
Chapter 31. Ramblas and Galleries
Chapter 32. A Pinprick Doesn't Hurt
Chapter 33. Trompe L'oeil
Chapter 34. A Letter to Fellini
Chapter 35. How to Find Someone in a City
Chapter 36. The Presence of Genius
Chapter 37. Markets and Street Fairs
Chapter 38. The Bar Counter
Chapter 39. Love for the City
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In Urban Acupuncture, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner celebrates “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.
Newly available in paperback, Urban Acupuncture is the first of Jaime Lerner’s visionary work to be published in English. It is a love letter to the elements that make a street hum with life or a neighborhood feel like home, penned by one of the world’s most successful advocates for sustainable and livable urbanism. Check out an excerpt of the book below and order your copy now.
Katharine Sucher is the Publicity & Marketing Assistant at Island Press.