The City’s Song

One of our regular readers, Allegra Williams, is the city’s neighborhood planner and was the manager of last June’s Innovative Cities Conference. She attended a conference on cities in Brazil earlier this year and heard urban specialist Jaime Lerner (architect, urban planner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, and a former state governor in Brazil) speak about his vision for cities. Allegra sent along this link to the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) website with a video of Jaime Lerner speaking about city design and singing about sustainability. The clip is about 15 minutes, and the singing is at the end.

Jaime Lerner

This is the TED mission:

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you.

Here’s the link to the TED Prize page to see the past winners, who include E. O. Wilson, Bill Clinton, Bono, Karen Armstrong, Jill Tarter, and Jamie Oliver.