Jane Jacobs Today

Jane Jacobs’ ideas redefined urban planning, and her hometowns of New York and Toronto are among many cities that continue to feel the impact of her writings. The American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter, the Canadian Consulate General, and NYU Wagner will present a panel exploring the importance, meaning, and influence of her work, in theory and in practice.

Panellists include:

  • Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic for The New Yorker
  • Paul Bedford, former Chief City Planner of Toronto
  • Lisa Rochon, Architecture Critic for The Globe and Mail
  • Raymond Gastil, Director, Manhattan Office, Department of City Planning
  • Eugenie Birch, Professor and Chair, University of Pennsylvania Department of City and Regional Planning and former New York City Planning Commissioner

These panellists, New Yorkers and Torontonians, will compare the impact Jacobs’ work has had on their two cities. They will discuss how the planning process and specific projects in both cities have been influenced by her and how her philosophy has in turn been modified by planners in the 45 years since publication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Panel members will also explore which elements of Jacobs’ ideas underlie controversial projects today, and which are passé for modern planners. Is Jane Jacobs still on the mark now? Which of her writings are worth revisiting? The panellists will share their opinions on how to move forward in an era where broad vision and public review are important parts of planning a project.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: NYU Wagner’s Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street at East Houston Street, 2nd Floor

RSVP: http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/janejacobs.php

  • Ryder Pearce

    Is it possible to drop in to this panel discussion on Tuesday evening? I work for the Manhattan Borough Commisioner’s Office in the NYC Dept. of Transportation, and I very much hope to attend. If you would like more information from me, please let me know. Thanks!

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