Jaime Lerner is a world renowned architect and urban planner from Curitiba, Brazil. As mayor of Curitiba and later as governor of the state of Parana, he transformed the city and region from a polluted flood plain to one of the world's shining examples of the success of creative social programs.

Considered the father of the innovative and cost-effective Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), Jaime's vision and creativity toward urban planning start with his own dictum that "creativity starts when you cut a zero from your budget." Today Jaime works as an visiting professor of Urban and Regional Planning at numerous international universities while continuing to work to rethink the modern city as a consultant to civic leaders around the world

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