Can Smart Urban Design Tackle the Rise of Nationalism?
On the centenary of Jane Jacobs’ birth, architects and planners lauded her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Both loved and reviled upon its release, it has come to be seen as one of the essential books about the city and the importance of lively, diverse neighbourhoods, the housing stock and a more incremental approach to building the city. Her nickname, St Jane, obscures the fact that she was a famously tough activist who waged battle with the planning and design professions for most of her life, who belittled her as a housewife. Today she is seen as a key exponent of a more organic approach to planning and design.