THINKING OUT LOUD

Book Of The Month – November 2019

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Published in 1961, Jane Jacobs wrote a book titled, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The book had a notable influence on how urban planning was approached.

She wrote critically about various topics. Some extracts include; “project planners and urban designers assume they can create a promenade simply by mapping one in where they want it, then having it built. But a promenade needs promenaders.”

“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans……We can see what people like.”

My original discovery of this book and source of these quotes was one of my favourite reference books, “Scale; The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies” by Geoffrey West, published 2017 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson – Orion Books)