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Posts Tagged ‘Jane Jacobs’

Andrew Blum: The Robert Moses of Our Generation

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Is Andrew Blum trying to get Jane Jacobs to roll over in her grave? You can decide for yourself in his essay “Local Cities, Global Problems: Jane Jacobs in an Age of Global Change,” which will be published in the book Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York (alongside quite an incredible list of contributors, we must say), to support the exhibition “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York.” (And because we know you’ll ask, book, exhibition and a t-shirts are designed by karlssonwilker.)

Blum goes off (and rather eloquently) on Jacobs’ rabid inclination to put the old neighborhood first when, in fact, we’re all becoming part of one big global, bloggified neighborhood that’s pretty well-connected, but desperately in need of some more sustainable solutions, which new development can certainly provide. Cue the preservationists with lit torches…now. We wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Blum’s visited by a certain ghost in round black spectacles this Halloween.

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A-LOHA, Lorcan!

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Yay, someone’s finally going to talk about LA at Dwell on Design! And he’s certainly the man for the job; Lorcan O’Herlihy has come armed with “Double Edged Density.” Of course the man is talking about the nascent urbanization of our fair city. Cry as much as you want about it but the LA single family house is no longer affordable. The LOH is gonna lay down some density solutions.

LOHA creates their residential projects strategy they call contingent planning, that physically engages the city using nine different principles. Working closely with John Chase, urban designer for the city of West Hollywood, LOHA is working on or has completed four great projects in WeHo–The Willoughby, The Formosa, The Gardner and Habitat 825, the sometime-controversial residential project next door to to R.M. Schindler‘s Kings Road House. Progress on each could be seen during a quick spin on your bike or at the LOHA website.

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Who Will You Nominate For the Jane Jacobs Medal?

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Less than a year after we bid farewell to that black-spectacled heroine of urbanism, nominees are being accepted for the first Jane Jacobs Medal, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. According to the site, it should be someone who:

…opens our eyes to new ways of seeing and understanding our city
…challenges traditional assumptions and conventional thinking
…generates a creative use of neighborhood knowledge to advance equity and diversity

Each year, two people will receive medals and $200,000. This year’s jury members could band together as the Official New York Culture Police so we’re guessing this is a no-slouch kind of situation. Nominations close March 2.