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“In harmony with, and in celebration of, nature.”

UNILIVRE Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente
Ranked #13 of 297 things to do in Curitiba
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is a very very special place, a perfect composition of how humans can design in harmony with, and in celebration of, nature. Located in the centre of Curitiba, on experiencing a visit to this paradise you understand why the city is rightly called by many “the most sustainable city on Earth”.

Set amongst 37,000m2 of wild and lush native hilly Brazilian forest called Zaninelli woods, an abandoned quarry has been turned into a lush oasis to house UNILIVRE, Brazils first open environmental university. A lesson in urban recycling, the old quarry hole is now a beautiful lake which abounds with wildlife; ducks, turtles, swans, fish, butterflies, dragonflies... The actual school is a lesson in creativity and playfulness; a series of bioconstructed buildings are set on a steep hill within a circular ring of tall Eucalyptus posts, around which spirals a wooden ramp, bringing the adventurer from the lake, around the school up to a viewing platform 22 metres above. While ascending one feels a giddyness and joy like that perhaps of the “Swiss family Robinson”.

The building was officially opened by Jacque Cousteau on the 5th of June 1992, international day for the environment.

Thank Duncan C
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is a beautiful place but rather small. Well worth the visit. Some of the biggest poi I have ever seen and a stop for migratory birds, which at the right times of the year makes it look wonderful.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The architecture is curious. It is all based on old electricity wooden poles, making for intriguing geometrical patterns. The "academic" part is ineffective and a waste, but the architecture is really worth visiting.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

you will never imagine what it is about until you enter there, the entrance is amazing but more amazing is when you pass by the rain-forest and get to the lake in the middle of nowhere and the beautiful wood construction in total harmony with the environment, beautiful experience, beautiful view, beautiful pictures can be taken there...

1  Thank Josegmora
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

When everybody goes to Curitiba the first thing that comes in their mind is Jardim Botânico (Botanic Garden) but beyond Jardim Botânico, Curitiba has another beautiful attraction called Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente. The site was created in 1991 and opened in 1992, the main objective is disseminating knowledge and practice environment. Its inauguration had a special participation of Jacques Cousteau, renowned French oceanographer,and who was also known as a strong supporter of environmental causes. Besides being for the practice of good causes, the site is extremely inspiring and magnificent saved by building their union of man and in tune with nature. I consider this place a highlight of Curitiba.

Thank Simonest
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