Vital Little Plans

Vital Little Plans

Museum of the City of New York (map)

The legendary author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) continues to inspire passionate inquiry and debate among urbanists in New York City and around the world. To many, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) is the patron saint of New York's walkable, human-scaled neighborhoods, but others have wondered if she greased the wheels of relentless gentrification.

In honor of Jacob's 101st birthday, join Alexandra Lange, architecture critic for Curbed, for a conversation with Samuel Zipp, Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University, and writer and curator Nathan Storring, about Jacob's powerful evolving legacy. Zipp and Storring are the co-editors of a new, previously-uncollected collection of Jacob’s writings and talks called Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Penguin Random House, 2016). 

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series: Michael Kimmelman

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series: Michael Kimmelman

Museum at Eldridge St (map)

Author and New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman speaks on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce him.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.