London’s NDM Fruit Tree Project

Through London’s Neighbourhood Decision Making Process 80 fruit trees will be planted next to 8 of London’s Community Gardens. If you live near one of these gardens, please join us on Sat. May 5th, beginning at 10 am. Be sure to dress appropriately, BYO water, a shovel & pitch fork (if possible); invite neighbours, family…

Second meeting

We had a very productive meeting. New faces on the table and ideas moving forward. Our chaordic path is laying his first stepping stones. Stay tuned for the next meeting on May 12. And some new projects ready to roll next month. After all, if we take small steps, everything is more achievable.

Initial meeting

We had a very exciting and fruitful collaborative Saturday morning. There were five of us present and we received emails of interest from 8 more of you. We will aim to plan for one studio time each month, probably the first Saturday of each month (next one being April 7th). Chris Stroud (at The Bus Stop) has graciously offered…

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 César 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…