The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and this week features a signpost by the IHBC to Jane Jacobs, via a book review from IHBC’s Context re-posted on our Conservation Wiki, all inspired by discussion at the IHBC’s recent 2021 Brighton Day School.
… influence Jane Jacobs had…
Following on from a question posed at this year’s IHBC Annual School – Brighton 2021 regarding the influence Jane Jacobs had on urban design and planning, why not re-read the article which appeared in Context 167 earlier in the year?
The review of Peter Laurence’s book [reposted from Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki] writes:
…A few years ago the Urban Design Group asked its members to name the person, living or dead, whose contribution to urban design and planning they most admired. A large majority chose Jane Jacobs (1916–2006), the campaigner and writer best known for her 1961 book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. Jacobs was neither an architect nor a planner, and she had no university education. Who was she?
…her examination of the places that were being built persuaded her that contemporary planning was fatally flawed…
Peter L Laurence answers that question with this magnificent intellectual biography of the first half of Jacobs’ life. As an architectural writer, based at that time in New York, she at first subscribed to the beliefs of many architects and planners in modernism and large-scale redevelopment. Gradually, though, her examination of the places that were being built persuaded her that contemporary planning was fatally flawed….
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