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The Urban Acupuncture Network


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The Urban Acupuncture Network


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The Center's purpose is to enhance the understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement among people who care deeply for their communities.

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Find out about our organization, mission, our methods, and the results of our advocacy toward just communities.

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Center Programs

We work to advance the observations of Jane Jacobs. See what the Center is up to and how you can become involved.

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The Center’s programming includes publishing What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs and Urban Acupuncture and sponsoring Jane Jacobs Walk, self-organized walking tours throughout the world. The Center for the Living City also sponsors symposia, exhibitions, fellowships, workshops and other community events.

 

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Urban Acupuncture


Celebrating pinpricks of change that enrich city life

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Urban Acupuncture


Celebrating pinpricks of change that enrich city life

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Jane Jacobs Walk


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Jane Jacobs Walk


 
 

Jane Jacobs Walk is a program of the Center for the Living City. We celebrate her life and legacy by inviting people to organize walks in their communities throughout the year.

Jane Jacobs Walk in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit: Camila Selva Cabral

Jacobs was a community organizer who helped save her neighborhoods from destruction by the hands outside interests.  She invited everyone to see how cities actually work through experience, to go out and see what makes a neighborhood thrive, or to see what makes a neighborhood struggle.  And she opposed those who insisted on the same solutions to fix the unique challenges in cities.

We honor Jane Jacobs by helping people leave the isolation of their homes to come together to experience areas of their city outside of the automobile.  The purpose of Jane Jacobs Walk is to engage people in walking, observing, and connecting with their communities. We invite people to make a difference because a Jane Jacobs Walk enables members of a community to discover and respond to the complexities of their city  and environment through personal and shared observation.

 

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Jacobs Fellowship Program


...created for individuals to engage in city-building processes of critical importance in maintaining or regaining the strength and resilience of cities.

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Jacobs Fellowship Program


...created for individuals to engage in city-building processes of critical importance in maintaining or regaining the strength and resilience of cities.

The Center for the Living City established the Jacobs Fellowship Program in 2006, in honor of Jane Jacobs. This inaugural fellowship was funded through a generous grant from Deutsche Bank. These fellowships are created for individuals to engage in city-building processes of critical importance in maintaining or regaining the strength and resilience of cities. Fellowships occur across disciplines and address the complex, interconnected problems facing cities throughout the world.  

 

Fellowship Recipients

Ben GauslinJacobs Fellow 2006, City as an organic, urban artifactMr. Gauslin devoted one full year working with housing authorities in New Orleans on affordable housing and neighborhood development efforts in low-income neighborhoods. A graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Mr. Gauslin worked alongside housing authorities on building and site inspections, developing preliminary designs and budgets for housing and commercial revitalization projects and the development of a pattern book for housing rehabilitation in the New Orleans East neighborhoods.

 

 

 

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Center Exhibitions


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Center Exhibitions


Learning from Disaster: New Orleans After Katrina

Three months after Hurricane Katrina undermined the lives and places of people in New Orleans, the Center for the Living City organized a team of students from Purchase College to go to New Orleans and learn from the disaster.  While in New Orleans, students participated in stripping homes and preparing them for reconstruction. Using the power of observation informed through the work of Jane Jacobs, volunteers from the Center led students in a process where exploration, information and knowledge gained led to an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York titled, Learning from Disaster: New Orleans After Katrina. An important component of this exhibition was comparing and contrasting the experience of students whose lives were changed by the World Trade Center disaster.

About Learning From Disaster