Jane Jacobs 1916-2006

(from Curbed)

Jane Jacobs (age 89) died this morning at Western Hospital in Toronto Canada. Through her 1961 book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" as well as many other writings, she has, in my opinion, been the most insightful and influential authority on urbanism and city planning as we know it today. While I don't have an official education in urban planning, I always been fascinated by her work, and know how important she has been in impacting the way we live in cities today. Many a critic thought her to be completely wrong in the sixties and seventies, and now look back and wish they had listened instead.

Further reading:
Jane Jacobs Dies (The Globe and Mail)
Jane Jacobs Bio (Wikipedia)

>D< (Unrelated; I have returned from Mecca, and will post about it tonight.) Image from Wikipedia


Anonymous Paul said...

Death & Life was truly a life changing book that should be read by all!

4/25/2006 8:49 PM  

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