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What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs

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A timely revisitation of renowned urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs' lifework, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs invites thirty pundits and practitioners across fields to refresh Jacobs' economic, social and urban planning theories for the present day. Combining personal and professional observations with meditations on Jacobs' insights, essayists bring th ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by New Village Press (first published February 1st 2010)
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Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ignorance is liberating
Start where you can; never say can't
Imagine first: reason later
Be reflective: waste time
Embrace serenity: get muddled
Play games, serious games
Challenge consensus
Look for multipliers
Work backwards: move forwards
Feel good.

Most of public places which architects and planners have studies and photographed since decades are not designed, but laid by lay man. scholars have thrown a critical insight on Jacob's theory of observation and concluded that she might be wrong about few t
Yuri Artibise
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urbanism
This book is timely. With the approach the 50th anniversary of Death & Life of Great American Cities this October, we need, more than ever, to advance our observations. Just as in 1961, we are struggling with an upheaval of how our urban areas function. The financial crisis spawned by the largely suburban mortgage meltdown has us rethinking how and where we live. The gulf oil spill highlighting the costs of even consuming domestic oil, has people talking about our addiction to the automobile.

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Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A collection of essays that reflect on the work and influence of Jane Jacobs. Like all edited collections because it encompasses such a broad topic the essays are uneven, but important for anyone interested in Jacobs' work.
Mary Soderstrom
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
description Bike shares hit New York last week, and Tbe New Yorker commemorated it with a cover that points up one of the follies of urban life.

Made me wonder what Jane Jacobs, that lover of New York and walkable/bikeable cities, would think. The late urbanist, whose iconoclastic ideas turned thinking about cities on its head in the 1960s, was a friend of the bicycle: she spent hours one summer helping her son assemble bikes that he'd imported from China as part of an attempt to get people on two wheels.

Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cities
This book may of limited use to anyone who hasn't read Jane Jacob's Death and Life of Great American Cities. To anyone who has, it's interesting in two dimensions: for the substantive responses to Jacob's ideas offered by various contributors; and as an artifact, a mark of how the ideas of a truly insightful, idiosyncratic thinker can be absorbed, misunderstood, tamed, or simply ignored in the next one or two generations. The place to start this collection is with the epilogue, Mary Rowe, 'Jane' ...more
Michael Lewyn
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of essays based loosely on the work of Jane Jacobs (most known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, although she wrote numerous other books). Many of the essays are quite unimpressive, stringing together clichés or telling me what I already knew.

However, a few are noteworthy. I was engaged by:

*Ray Suarez's overview of suburban sprawl. Suarez points out that parents often move to suburbia for the benefit of children, but in some ways this experiment
Edward B.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
If you don't know who Jane Jacobs is, then first read The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which forcefully argued (in 1961!) that cities should be built for people, not for cars.
That seems like common sense to me, so I am amazed that her influence is just beginning to be felt only now.
This book is a series of essays by people who have been influenced by Jacobs.
I especially enjoyed the hands-on accounts of planners who have implemented some of Jacobs' ideas on the ground, such as Janette
David Moss
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A few parts got too sentimental about Jane the person instead of focusing on Jane's ideas, as it is clear Jane would have preferred us to do. The best chapters for me were the ones on economics, since very little progress has been made to advance Jane's insights into how things work. Overall a good book with a variety of perspectives and a litany of subject matter. Read Jane's books first, and then follow up with this.
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