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The italicized word, for instance, serves as a marker that it is important. The means aggregated or reinforced by which as space acquires intensity are not neutral, therefore, and are determined by specific political- cultural content.
So although the basis of density and intensity concerns quantitative relationships, intensity is a manifestation that is characterized qualitatively, containing within itself that prime quali-value condition: In short: Another issue concerns her advocation of the need for clear separation between the public and private space as a way of maintaining security.
Jacobs does not clarify this in depth, but states that the area to be monitored the street needs to relate to the clear physical boundaries between public and private space. Agreeing with Jacobs that socio-spatial interactions tend be weakened by the modern model of the city 6 , we still question her emphasis on the separation of private and public, which seems somewhat detached from the rest of her argument.
Initially offering a more integrative approach — able to overcome dichotomies and find a possible reconciliation of spatial and social dimensions, connecting them to the micro economy — this later idea seems to resonate with a physical determinism that is far from that view. Urban planning is the State: It is true that in the first half of twentieth century Le Corbusier and other architects popularized designs for superblocks and disdained narrow, crowded streets.
But developers and state agencies built these designs, and, with her intelligence and progressive political activism, Jacobs should not have ignored the power of capital that they wielded ZUKIN, , p.
NETTO, et al. Blaming planners for designing whole neighbourhoods as spaces that alienated the relationship between occupants and the city, she did not use the same force in discussion of the powers of capital and the State, which defined and still do what is and is not built in the city ZUKIN, Such expressions of a public space are exactly the opposite of those of Jacobs.
Her work surpasses its literary quality to become a manifesto in favour of urban life, sparing no efforts in criticising modernist ideals and shaking up the status of planners and the rationalisation of their methodologies, which still echoes through urban planning today.
Her arena is the everyday public space. But her achievement merits more than unquestioning reverence — on the contrary, she seems to have been concerned with shifting us into a more critical view about reflections and practices in the city.
So, without detracting from the virtues of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, we also wish to look at the work with slightly more investigative eyes — a difficult exercise of self-control in face of the enthusiasm that we like many others sense when turning its pages.
The energy expended on this crusade — first and foremost as an activist — provides us with effective ammunition against Moses and the modern plan but does not reach other important targets. In this regard at least in this book Jacobs left us without a broader critique even for her times — since Robert Moses did not act alone, and was financed by federal and private funding and supported by the political platform of the local administration, in materialising his plan in North America.
Jacobs therefore addresses the city from a considerably partial, disconnected reality, ignoring forces such as property speculation, demographic growth and even the internationalisation of New York.
In this respect the work fails to include a critique that is more technical than social: On the one hand the requirement for diversity as authentic and derived from the everyday is a strong argument against any kind of external intervention, principally by the State.
Much of this also seems to stem from a relatively one-sided and convenient appropriation of her advocation of microeconomic life as a positive factor for the vitality and diversity of the public space. We know that Jacobs is careful not to generalise.
Neither does she impose her work as a model! But her argument is constructed in a tone of recommending ways towards better cities: The list of conditions for diversity, for example, chooses not to consider the specific relations of each context be they spatial, economic or cultural and forgets that diversity is sometimes not a positive effect on the space, depending on what lies behind it. It can be the effect of completely exclusive and selective changes in the urban setting.
Harlem 9 in New York 10 , provides a clear example, when in it began to be adopted by different cultures from all corners of the world, driving out its authentic Afro-American population. Although Jacobs did 8 Her centenary was commemorated last year. At events we attended in New York we often heard this expression in highly controversial discussions of her legacy.
The importance of this should not be ignored, since the translation leads to a socio-cultural, spatial and political decontextualisation that hinders how the work is used by its readers. Not to discredit the work of Jacobs, many of the references sought for understanding cities do not necessarily fit the historical, political, cultural etc. Her work is another of those omnipresent references that we not she have chosen to elevate beyond criticism, which impedes the development of theoretical and practical updating of the discussions of our urban problems today.
Singling out three: Secondly, it is important to differentiate intensity and density, not just semantically but also because they are instruments that act in very different ways on our view of the city and the elements we value within it. Both are important and tenuously relate to each other, but intensity clearly touches on symbolic dimensions of the public space that density alone cannot if we wish to speak of a meaningful and genuine space of co- presence.
Finally, it is crucial that we recognise and make our interventions practical or theoretical on the public space in the awareness that its 11 Such as morphology, age of cities, width of sidewalks and facade openings. Jacobs may have begun in that way with her praise of the spontaneity and informal life of the street, but she then focuses more on material conditions for social life, without concentrating the same effort on sensory aspects of the production of the public space, which cannot be retained by its material conditions.
Her ethnography of the everyday has provided us with a scale of real understanding of urban life and invited us to leave our offices to make contact with the social relations that give life to the city.
But in this book Jacobs avoids a broader scale her critique of the modernists and ends up concentrating on the other extreme — the scale of the city block. So the question is: If we were to follow the material conditions of her proposal, would a diverse city be guaranteed, one full of life, full of different and spontaneous appropriations? A hiatus remains in relation to the connection between the micro scale of interactions and the major infrastructures that ensure the functioning of the city as a whole, with costs on maintenance and economic accessibility, with direct effects on the quality of the urban space and its social composition, and therefore on the socio-spatial conditions shaping the ballet of the street.
But we do believe there to be omissions in the contextualisation of several dimensions in the reading and use of her text, especially if we are not to reduce the scope of discussion of the public space. Urbanidade e a qualidade da cidade. Rio de janeiro: Folio Digital, Letra e Imagem, , p. The Human Condition. University of Chicago, AUGE, M. Por uma antropologia da mobilidade.
UNESP, The Experience of Modernity. Penguin Books, The spatial conditions of alienation? La falacia da la Ciudad Mentirosa. Ediciones Siruela, Cambridge, MIT Press, DOXA, Maria. Proceedings, Atlanta: GANS, H. New York: Basic Books, Random House, Contemporary Perspectives on Jane Jacobs: Reassessing the Impacts of an Urban Visionary.
Routledge, Morte e vida do urbanismo moderno. Resenha do livro Morte e Vida de Grandes Cidades. Paisajes Comunes, Lugares Globales. Editorial Gustavo Gili S. En los libros aparecen los nombres En los libros aparecen los nombres de los reyes. Y sin embargo no se han desgastado: Limits of diversity: Jane Jacobs, the Just City, and anti-subordination. Diversity is a concept that Jane Jacobs places at the heart of her work and that Susan Fainstein similarly identifies as central to the definition of a just city.
But what is the relationship between the diversity in the built environment But what is the relationship between the diversity in the built environment that Jacobs emphasizes and the socio-economic diversity that Fainstein notes is so important? Drawing on Jacobs and Fainstein to analyze a case study of an affordable housing development in Boston, Massachusetts, we argue that planning with a just city in mind requires more than a commitment to diversity in urban form or demographic composition.
Instead of setting out diversity as a goal that may help dominant individuals overcome irrational prejudices through the free flow of ideas when exposed to diverse peers, we argue for policies that identify and address historical inequalities and relations of domination along the lines of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, or other ascriptive characteristics.
Human Scale In Megacities. Daily life is continuously changing, cities are growing and their concerns are growing beyond the welfare of the people living in it. With the expansion of concrete as a need, more shops, more facilities, and more functions are needed; With the expansion of concrete as a need, more shops, more facilities, and more functions are needed; therefore, the city planning focuses on the groups and on the city in an urban scale and especially in the growing mega cities.
The planners focus on preparing enough needs and fitting these needs within the city limits, thus, their thinking becomes more functional rather than experiential. Throughout my paper I will be discussing the methods of the Danish Architect Jan Gehl in studying the needs of the people and the bases of human scale to have a one on one experience in megacities and how he observes the movement of the people closely and their needs to give them the right human experience.
I will focus mainly on the quality of sidewalks, their function, and the proportions of the street to have a pedestrian and cyclist attractive and beautiful street. Throughout the paper I will also mention the ideas of the journalist and author Jane Jacobs and how it relates to the work of Jan Gehl.
Moreover, I will move on to relate these ideas to two major megacities, Paris and Tokyo discussing how such cities dealt with human scale experience and whether it worked or not according to the points of view of Jan Gehl and Jane Jacobs. Elogio del caos urbano. La autora era periodista, ensayista y activista; se llamaba Jane Jacobs. Durante se realizaron homenajes por el centenario de su nacimiento en todas las grandes ciudades del planeta.
Hay una historia: Cutting Up the City in City in Crisis: Gordon Matta-Clark and the City in Crisis. The traditional narrative of 20th Century New York urban living has often concerned itself with the antipodal philosophies of urban planner Robert Moses and critic Jane Jacobs. This binary conception of American urban life contrasted These philosophies, however, were no longer applicable in s NYC.
In a new city characterized by crisis, ruins, and abandonment, a fundamentally new way of conceiving of the urban realm was required.
We claim that he accepted the city as it was, presently, for him—dirty, contested, and struggling—and devised strategies for reclaiming dignity amidst a ruinous landscape. Cutting Up the City in Crisis: Gordon Matta-Clark and Urban Commons. The traditional narrative of 20th century New York urban living has often concerned itself with the antipodal philosophies of urban planner Robert Moses and critic Jane Jacobs.
These philosophies, however, were no longer applicable in s New York. Jeffrey Patrick Colgan.
What found objects tell us about urban life and culture? The topic has recently been at the centre of the debate on her work. This paper looks at Jane Jacobs's This paper looks at Jane Jacobs's reconstruction of the way a city works with reference to self-organisation and ethical aspects trust and respect for diversity.
This SLa is associated with the Complexity Theory of Cities CTC , to improve the understanding of how complex, non-linear, discontinuous, and contingent urban systems work while constantly progressing and transforming.
The paper draws on Jacobs's legacy and advocates progress through specific advancements in the debate around theoretical planning within CTC that describes the city as an emerging complex order. A Jane Jacobs Walk.