16 Apr

Visiting the Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano de Curitiba (IPPUC) (Research and Urban Planning Curitiba’s Institute)

“There is no point in make a plan to competent professionals without the accompanying – both when developing and defining the main lines – of the staff who will run it. Because of this lack is that many plans are shelved. Because those in charge of running them not know them and do not believe in them” (IVO ARZUA).

IPPUC's interior areas.

The IPPUC was inaugurated in September 1965, during the administration of Mayor Ivo Arzua Pereira, which lasted from 1962 to 1966, creating a group of technicians from the municipal government to monitor all stages of development of the Preliminary Planof Urbanism for Curitiba, called “Curitiba de Amanhã” (Curitiba of Tomorrow).

In 1965, among the duties of IPPUC, defined by Law2.660/65, were:

- Elaborate and refer to the Executive the Law draft, setting the Urban Plan of Curitiba;
- Promote studies and research for integrated planning of the development of the Municipality of Curitiba;
-Appreciate Law draft or administrative measures that may have repercussions on the development of the municipality;
-Create conditions for implementation and continuity allowing an adaptation of sectoral and global plans to dynamic realities of municipal development;
- Coordinate the local planning with guidelines of the regional and state planning.

IPPUC's library.

The duties of IPPUC were expanded in 1991, through of the Law 7671, which dealt of the Administrative Reform. The IPPUC started to prepare the budgets annual and multi-year of Investments of the city hall, as well as monitor the physical and financial targets of the programs and projects, coordinating and consolidating such programs, projects and plans, among the various administrative units of the municipality.

The IPPUC actually has the role of coordinating the process of planning and urban monitoring of the city, compatibilizing the actions of the municipality with the metropolitan area, with the objective of reach the sustainable development, through the development of plans and urban projects aligned to the master plan.

On a recent visit to IPPUC, accompanied by architect Liliane Robacher, who was a trainee at the Institute as a student, and the civil engineer, Marlise Jorge, I could see up close some of the work already developed by IPPUC and other that are still in preparation. Among the officials that were presented to me was the architect Abrão Assad, author of the project of the Botanical Garden of Curitiba.

Room of exposure containing the studies on IPPUC.

The Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary team responsible for various studies and proposals for the development ofCuritiba, serving like national and international reference, since it is very common the organization of visits of representatives of other countries, in search of information about the methodologies research developed in IPPUC.

Mockups.

One of the most interesting features observed in IPPUC is the way how is orderly the growth of the city with the proper distribution of urban activities, creating integrated solutions, looking for better social and economic conditions to the population. Furthermore, all researches developed in order to raise funds and attract investment to enable the implementation of plans, programs, projects and works in the city, through the concept of sustainable cities, disposed in the City Statute, it all become the Institute an example to be followed by all municipalities who want to practice development and urban planning appropriate and effective.

IPPUC's interior area.

IPPUC’s library.

Mockups.

Mockups.

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