urbanacupuncturenetwork.banner.png
IMG_4371.JPG
no-titles-citizen-jane-poster-artwork.jpg
3 Rides 3 'Hoods Jane Jacobs Roll. Photo by Cameron Adams.jpg
IMG_3890.JPG
urbanacupuncturenetwork.banner.png

Celebrate Jane Jacobs 100th


SCROLL DOWN

Celebrate Jane Jacobs 100th


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.

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.

 
 
IMG_4371.JPG

Jane Jacobs Observe! Patch


Developing voices + skills through the power of observation, communication + action.

Jane Jacobs Observe! Patch


Developing voices + skills through the power of observation, communication + action.

jane jacobs fellowship: observe! Patch

overview

The Center for the Living City, with support from the Ford Foundation, has selected an energetic, creative and committed Fellow, Jennifer Ottersbach, to advance a meaningful project for girls and young women throughout the world.

One of the main goals of this Jane Jacobs Fellowship is to develop civically engaged voices of young women that lead to local and global action in the places they care about. The girls and young women will participate in a community-based patch program, learn about cities and develop skills that will amplify their voices as they engage in place-based, creative action. 

Women and girls are deeply affected by misogynistic behaviors and attitudes prevalent in societies around the globe. The impacts are often internalized, creating barriers that diminish and even silence their voices. Urgent problems facing communities, including the impacts of climate change, rapid urbanization, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, food deserts and other deficiencies are also opportunities for creative responses from the change-makers of the future. Inspired by the broad impacts of women like Jane Jacobs, Wangari Maathai, and recently, Malala Yousafzai, girls and young women have both new role models and new narratives to help them navigate through inequalities and push for creative expression. This program will provide skills and tools that both inform action and support their developing voices. 

Girl Scouts of Utah troop #496 lead a group of girls on a Jane Jacobs Walk. Spring 2016 Salt Lake City, UT. 

Girl Scouts of Utah troop #496 lead a group of girls on a Jane Jacobs Walk. Spring 2016 Salt Lake City, UT. 

The selected Jane Jacobs Fellow will work with the Center for the Living City and is seeking to engage the Girl Scouts of the USA, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and other worldwide organizations to identify, create and disseminate resources to implement the Observe! patch globally.

This fellowship will build upon a successful pilot project with the Girl Scouts of Utah during spring of 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The project focused on Jacobs’ groundbreaking work about the importance of observation. Beginning with the reading of Glenna Lang’s book, Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of the Death and Life of Great American Citiesthe girls came to understand the importance of Jacobs’ voice in our evolving understanding of cities. Lang’s book both describes Jacobs’ young life in Scranton, Pa., where she was herself a Girl Scout, and opens a window on Jacobs’ bold voice as she worked to understand the ways cities work.

Once the girls and young women understand how Jacobs developed her powerful observational skills to create new knowledge about cities, they will create individual Jane Jacobs Walks that introduce one another to their unique communities. These elements might include, but are not limited to, those which may cause concern or joy, inform a sense of history, address problems of housing, mobility, food justice, access to education and sanitation, or a host of other problems witnessed through their observational skills. They are invited to propose ways to preserve, celebrate, heal or transform an area they discover. In each case, their discoveries open pathways for creative action and a working vocabulary of the ecology of cities.

2017 Jane Jacobs Fellow, Jennifer Ottersbach

2017 Jane Jacobs Fellow, Jennifer Ottersbach

MEET THE 2017 JANE JACOBS FELLOW

Jennifer Ottersbach is a graduating senior at Western Kentucky University, with majors in Recreation Administration and Spanish. She recently completed an internship as a volunteer coordinator for a non-profit park called Lost River Cave in Bowling Green, Kentucky. With a passion for invoking positive change in her community, she has promoted renters’ rights as well as LGBT fairness in her Kentucky hometown. She recently moved to the Seattle area where she teaches skiing to kids on the weekends.

Jennifer has deep roots in Girl Scouting. She was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Gold Award for a project on invasive species education and removal at a local botanical garden. With a special interest in girl empowerment, leadership training, and summer camp programming, she has been seasonally employed by Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana for four years as summer camp staff in which she taught backcountry camping and water sports such as sailing and windsurfing. This employment included two years as the leadership program coordinator, when she taught leadership development, team building, and challenge courses. In 2016 her passion for Girl Scouting took her to the Pacific Northwest, at a Girl Scouts of Western Washington camp, where she trained and supervised summer camp staff.  As an Honors College student, she recently completed a thesis project titled “More Than Cookies: A Study of Trends and Promising Practices in Programming for Older Girl Scouts,” which included the development of a director’s manual for Counselor-in-Training program coordinators.

Jennifer plays roller derby and collects unique birdhouses. After studying abroad for a semester in Costa Rica, she caught the travel bug and hopes to see and appreciate as much of her home country as possible in the coming years. In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling or hiking with her cat, Nora, and reading crime thrillers. 

no-titles-citizen-jane-poster-artwork.jpg

Citizen Jane: Battle For The City


Coming soon to a community near you | 2017

Citizen Jane: Battle For The City


Coming soon to a community near you | 2017

 

A Film By Matt Tyrnauer, A Robert Hammond and Matt Tyrnauer Production

This is a story about our global urban future, in which nearly three-fourths of the world’s population will live in cities by the end of this century. It’s also a story about America’s recent urban past, in which bureaucratic, “top down” approaches to building cities have dramatically clashed with grassroots, “bottom up” approaches. Around the world today, among rising powers such as China and India, new mega-cities are being built “top down,” with little or no input from those who inhabit them, or from the communities who have been displaced to make way for their construction. By bringing back to life the struggles and battles over urban planning in the 20th century United States, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City shows that anti-democratic approaches to city planning and building are fundamentally unsustainable; a grassroots, “bottom up” approach is imperative to the social, economic, and ecological success of tomorrow’s global cities. 

In the words of American urbanist Jane Jacobs:

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

The film highlights Jane Jacobs’ magisterial 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which she single-handedly undercuts her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses figure centrally in our story as archetypes of the “bottom up” and the “top down,” respectively. They also figure as two larger-than-life personalities: Jacobs—a journalist with provincial origins, no formal training in city planning, and scarce institutional authority seems at first glance to share little in common with Robert Moses, a high prince of government and urban theory fully ensconced in New York’s halls of power and privilege. Yet both reveal themselves to be master tacticians who, in the middle of the 20th century, became locked in an epic struggle over the fate of the city. In three suspenseful acts, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City gives audiences a front row seat to this battle, and shows how two opposing visions of urban greatness continue to ripple across the world stage, with unexpectedly high stakes.

 

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Juliet Page, Pierre Lagrange, Bernard Lagrange

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Chris Dapkins

DIRECTOR

Matt Tyrnauer

PRODUCER

Robert Hammond, Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser, Jessica Van Garsse

CONNECT

Website | @janejacobsdoc | Facebook

 
3 Rides 3 'Hoods Jane Jacobs Roll. Photo by Cameron Adams.jpg

Jane Jacobs Walk


Walk | Observe | Connect

Jane Jacobs Walk


Walk | Observe | Connect

 
 

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

Jane 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.

IMG_3890.JPG

Center Exhibitions


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