Today my post is dedicated to Jane Jacobs I admire that much.
Some quotes from Jane Jacobs:
Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance ? not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any once place is always replete with new improvisations.
I was so grateful to be independent of the academic establishment. I thought, how awful it would be to have my future hinge on such people and such decisions.
Jane Jacobs, then chairperson of a civic group inGreenwich Village, at a press conference in 1961.
May 4, 1916
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||April 25, 2006 (aged 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Writer, Urban theorist|
|Notable work(s)||The Death and Life of Great American Cities|
|Notable award(s)||OC, O.Ont, Vincent Scully Prize,National Building Museum|