CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ book The Death And Life Of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in fights in mid-century New York to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanisation moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacob’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

 

Dir: Matt Tyrnauer

PG 92 mins

 

 

Venue: 

QUAD is the FORMAT HQ, and houses the FORMAT info point. It is located in the heart of Derby's Cathedral Quarter in the Market Place.

 

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