The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs

The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs

By: Diane Zahm (editor), Sonia Hirt (editor)Paperback

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Here for the first time is a thoroughly interdisciplinary and international examination of Jane Jacobs's legacy. Divided into four parts: I. Jacobs, Urban Philosopher; II. Jacobs, Urban Economist; II. Jacobs, Urban Sociologist; and IV. Jacobs, Urban Designer, the book evaluates the impact of Jacobs's writings and activism on the city, the professions dedicated to city-building and, more generally, on human thought. Together, the editors and contributors highlight the notion that Jacobs's influence goes beyond planning to philosophy, economics, sociology and design. They set out to answer such questions as: What explains Jacobs's lasting appeal and is it justified? Where was she right and where was she wrong? What were the most important themes she addressed? And, although Jacobs was best known for her work on cities, is it correct to say that she was a much broader thinker, a philosopher, and that the key to her lasting legacy is precisely her exceptional breadth of thought?

About Author

Sonia Hirt is Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, USA. Diane Zahm is Co-chair of the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, USA.


1. Jane Jacobs, Urban Visionary Sonia Hirt Part 1: Jane Jacobs, Urban Philosopher 2. The Right and the Good in Jane Jacobs' Urbanism Paul Kidder 3. The `Sidewalk Ballet' in the Work of Henri Lefebvre and Manuel Delgado Ruiz Benjamin Fraser 4. Jane Jacobs, Modernity and Knowledge Sonia Hirt 5. Jane Jacobs and Citizen Participation James Stockard Part 2: Jane Jacobs, Urban Economist 6. Economic Development from a Jacobsian Perspective Sanford Ikeda 7. What Would Jane Jacobs See in the Global City? Place and Social Practices Saskia Sassen Part 3: Jane Jacobs, Urban Sociologist 8. Infrastructure, Social Injustice, and the City: Parsing the Wisdom of Jane Jacobs Marie-Alice L'Heureux 9. Jane Jacobs, Jim Crow and the Madness of Borders Mindy Fullilove Part 4: Jane Jacobs, Urban Designer 10. Jane Jacobs and the Diversity Ideal Emily Talen 11. Diversity and Mixed Use: Lessons from Medieval China Jing Xie 12. Jane Jacobs' Relevance in Beirut Ibrahim Maarouf and Hassan Abdel-Salam 13. Jane Jacobs and Diversity of Use of Public Open Spaces in Thailand Kan Nathiwutthikun 14. Revisiting Jane Jacobs' `Eyes on the Street' for the 21st Century: Evidence from Environmental Criminology Paul Cozens and David Hillier 15. Jane Jacobs and the Theory of Placemaking in Debates of Sustainable Urbanism Anirban Adhya 16. Making the Familiar Strange: Understanding Design Practice as Cultural Practice B.D. Wortham-Galvin 17. Jane Jacobs and Designing Cities as Organized Complexity Jonathan Barnett

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138828889
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781138828889
  • weight: 408
  • ISBN10: 1138828882

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