The Daniels Faculty presents Jane Jacobs, Undone

In the 50-plus years since urban thinker, author and activist Jane Jacobs wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities, her ideas about what makes a healthy, vibrant and successful city have significantly influenced planning and urban design practices across the globe. Jacobs herself has become a mythic – some might even say sacred – icon credited for turning the planning profession on its head. 

But as cities continue to grow and evolve, in size, population, and complexity, it is incumbent on us to take a critical look at the influence of Jacobs’ work, including where it may fall short and its relevance in today’s world.

On Thursday, February 9, 2012, the Daniels Faculty presents Jane Jacobs, Undone as part of the Daniels Fora series. Moderated by Dean Richard Sommer, this debate will feature Timothy Mennel, a senior editor for the American Planning Association (and co-editor of the books Reconsidering Jane Jacobs, Green Community, and Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York), and Margaret Crawford, a professor known for her work on Everyday Urbanism, a concept that encourages the close investigation and empathetic understanding of the specifics of daily life as the basis for urban theory and design. 

The debate is scheduled for 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre, located at 93 Charles Street West in Toronto. The event is open to the public, and all are welcome. To RSVP for a ticket, please visit