Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Daisy Froud, Alaina Harkness, Owen Hatherley, Indy Johar and Nathan Storring

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In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanisation moves to the front of the current global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’ prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is increasingly relevant at this period of time. The film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Panellists include community engagement and participatory design strategist Daisy Froud, Alaina Harkness (Brookings Institution, Chicago), architect Indy Johar (cofounder of 00) and Nathan Storring, writer (Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, co-edited with Samuel Zipp) and a senior programme associate at Project for Public Spaces.


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