• 401 Richmond (map)
  • 401 Richmond St W
  • Toronto, ON, M5V 3R8
  • Canada

Venue: 401 Richmond

Date: October 20, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Please join us on October 20th for the Canadian launch of Jaime Lerner's iconic book: Urban Acupuncture. Originally published in 2003 and translated into many languages, the book is finally being published in English. 

This book examines “pinpricks” of change — small interventions which bring people together and spark interest and action among the citizenry. Lerner invites us to re-imagine the true building blocks of vibrant communities in a discussion of Urban Acupuncture. 

Three-term mayor of Curitiba, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner has been the driving force behind a host of innovative urban projects for sustainable and livable communities around the globe. Lerner has found that changes to a community on any scale can have an outsized effect on life within the city. 

The English publication of Urban Acupuncture has been generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Center for the Living City.


 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.