Obscure Passages



The town of Curitiba

The town of Curitiba

Localization: Curitiba - Brazil.

Destination: Calvani.

Discovered by:
Jean-Fran´┐Żois Le Maout.

Ferryman: No.

Status: Possible opening.

Means: Passage.


   The cases of resemblance between buildings of cities (sometimes almost homonymous) of both parts of the clear and obscure worlds are increasingly numerous. However, this present case where the almost city appears to resemble to an obscure city is completely unique for the moment. It is the case of the town of Curitiba in Brazil which contains many similarities with the obscure city of Calvani.

   One knows today that the city of Calvani was built in the style that everyone knows following the influence of Jacob Canetti who wanted to create a city dedicated to the plants and their cultures. Thus was thenrebuilt the city in a whole of gigantic greenhouses enchased the ones in the others. To the same manner, the town of Curitiba was entirely reorganized to have the form which it has today under the influence of a architect-town planner mayor. This last wanted to insufflate a new "urban Utopia" and to avoid the errors made in other large metropolises like Rio or Sao Paulo. After vexations of financial natures, it was replaced by a successor who continued nevertheless the work undertaken in the same style giving today to the city this completely original aspect extremely similar to that of the obscure city of Calvani.

    Even more than in his architecture, it is especially in his concept of way of life that the correspondences between the two cities can be observed. As one knows it thanks to the research tasks of Misters Schuiten and Peeters, following the architectural changes, the economy in Calvani was reorganized, textile industries leaving the place to tourism, vine growing and truck farming, and banknotes being replaced by rare woods. In a little similar way, the economy in Curitiba was also changed following work which was completed there. It was set up there an astonishing system called "Cambio Verde" or green exchange in which by exchanging four kilos of waste which can be recycled, the underpriviledged inhabitants of the suburbs receive one kilo of fresh fruit and vegetables bought to small producers of the surroundings. 65 districts are thus fed and 120 tons of fruit and vegetables are exchanged each month against 300 tons of scrap! This system of exchange contains some similarity with the Calvanian system where the currencies had been replaced by rare woods, which could be connected with a form of bargain. Moreover, one notes immediately that the economies of the two cities are completely directed towards the vegetable cultures.

   According to the decouvror of this place, the main greenhouse of the city would be surrounded by a ring of glass which would be in fact an "accelerator of civilization" allowing the Passage between the obscure world and ours. The very strange name of this precise place would come owing to the fact that although the local history establishes that the old Guaranis culture originating in the place does not exist any more, it appears well that its culture always made reign the harmony as well in this city as in that obscure. Although this assumption is supported by certain obscure researchers, it still remains to be shown...