National Building Museum

Urban Forum: What Would Jane Jacobs Do?

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*Advance registration for this event has closed. Walk-in registration willbe available at the door starting at 9 am on May 20th.

Jane Jacobs
Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Committee to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Streets, 1961.
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Fifty one years after Jane Jacobs published her seminal book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, her ideas on liveable, walkable, and diverse neighborhoods continue to impact how urban environments are designed. A panel discusses Jane Jacobs’ legacy, including urban renewal, historic preservation, mixed-use zoning, and public space. Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists include:

  • Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects 
  • Harriet Tregoning, director, Washington D.C. Office of Planning 
  • Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis Magazine (moderator) 
  • John Zuccotti, co-chairman of the board, Brookfield Properties Corporation and former Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission

1.5 LU HSW-SD (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 LA CES (ASLA)

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This program is a collaboration with the American Institute of Architects and the Canadian Embassy. Support is provided by Brookfield and the Canadian Embassy.

FREE. Pre-Registration required. Walk in registration based on availability.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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