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What we see : Advancing the observations of Jane Jacobs

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What we see : Advancing the observations of Jane Jacobs


Jacobs Jane, Goldsmith Stephen A., Elizabeth Lynne, , aménagement urbain, voisinage, perception, rue, infrastructures, économie, sauvegarde, mixité sociale, renouvellement urbain, concertation locale, participation


Abstract from the publisher :
A timely revisitation of renowned urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs' lifework, What We See invites thirty pundits and practitioners across fields to refresh Jacobs' economic, social and urban planning theories for the present day. Combining personal and professional observations with meditations on Jacobs' insights, essayists bring their diverse experience to bear to sketch the blueprints for the living city.

The book models itself after Jacobs' collaborative approach to city and community building, asking community members and niche specialists to share their knowledge with a broader community, to work together toward a common goal of building the 21st century city.

The resulting collection of original essays expounds and expands Jacobs' ideas on the qualities of a vibrant, robust urban area. It offers the generalist, the activist, and the urban planner practical examples of the benefits of planning that encourages community participation, pedestrianism, diversity, environmental responsibility and self-sufficiency.

Bob Sirman, director of the Canada Council for the Arts, describes how built form should be an embodiment of a community narrative. Daniel Kemmis, former Mayor of Missoula, shares an imagined dialog with Jacobs,' discussing the delicate interconnection between cities and their surrounding rural areas. And Roberta Brandes Gratz—urban critic, author, and former head of Public Policy of the New York State Preservation League—asserts the importance of architectural preservation to environmentally sound urban planning practices.

What We See asks us all to join the conversation about next steps for shaping socially just, environmentally friendly, and economically prosperous urban communities.
Contents :
Introduction: Stephen Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth, Eyes Wide Open
Section 1: Vitality of the Neighborhood
1.1 Deanne Taylor, Between Utopias
1.2 Ray Suarez, Jane Jacobs and the "Battle for the Street"
1.3 Sanford Ikeda, The Mirage of the Efficient City
1.4 Nabeel Hamdi, The Intelligence of Informality
1.5 Nan Ellin, The Tao of Urbanism: Integrating Observation with Action
Section 2: The Virtues of Seeing
2.1 Arlene Goldbard, Nine Ways of Looking at Ourselves (Looking at Cities)
2.2 Mindy Thompson Fullilove, The Logic of Small Pieces: A Story in Three Ballets
2.3 Alexie M. Torres-Fleming, Of Things Seen and Unseen
2.4 Rob Cowan, The Fine Arts of Seeing: Professions, Places, Arts, and Urban Design
Section 3: Cities, Villages, Streets
3.1 Daniel Kemmis, Cities and the Wealth of Places
3.2 Elizabeth Macdonald and Allan Jacobs, Queen Street
3.3 Kenneth Greenberg, The Interconnectedness of Things
3.4 David Crombie, Jane Jacobs: The Toronto Experience
3.5 Matias Sendoa Echanove & Rahul Srivastava, The Village Inside
Section 4: The Organized Complexity Of Planning
4.1 James Stockard, The Obligation to Listen, Learn and Teach—Patiently
4.2 Robert Sirman, Built Form and the Metaphor of Storytelling
4.3 Chester Hartman, Steps Toward a Just Metropolis
4.4 Peter Zlonicky, Illuminating Germany: Observations on Urban Planning Policies in the Light of Jane Jacobs
4.5 Jaime Lerner, Reviving Cities
Section 5: Design for Nature, Design for People
5.1 Janine Benyus, Recognizing What Works: A Conscious Emulation of Life's Genius
5.2 Hillary Brown, "Co-development" as a Principle for Next Generation Infrastructure
5.3 Richard Register, Jane Jacobs Basics
5.4 Roberta Brandes Gratz, Jane Jacobs: Environmental Preservationist
5.5 Jan Gehl, For You Jane
5.6 Janette Sadik-Khan, Think of a City and What Comes to Mind? Its Streets
5.7 Clare Cooper Marcus, The Needs of Children in Contemporary Cities
Section 6: Economic Instinct
6.1 Saskia Sassen, When Places Have Deep Economic Histories
6.2 Susan Witt, The Grace of Import Replacement
6.3 Pierre Desrochers & Samuli Leppälä, Rethinking "Jacobs Spillovers," or How Diverse Cities Actually Make Individuals More Creative and Economically Successful
6.4 Ron Shiffman, Beyond Green Jobs: Seeking a New Paradigm
Epilogue: Mary Rowe, Jane's Cup of Tea

Lynne Elizabeth is founder and director of New Village Press. She is past president of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR).
  Stephen A. Goldsmith is an urban planner, artist and scholar, and Associate Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah.  




New Village Press


May 2010