MPAVILION BOOK CLUB: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

  • 2020-03-16 5:15 pm 2020-03-16 6:15 pm Australia/Melbourne MPAVILION BOOK CLUB: The Death and Life of Great American Cities MPAVILION


In March, Maddee Clark, MPavilion’s 2018 Writer in Residence hosts the book club on The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs’ self confessed “attack” on the principles and aims that have shaped the way we think about city planning and development. Written in the 1950s, and reflecting on city life in New York, Chicago, and Boston, the text finds surprising relevance in our current context. Jacobs makes bold and sometimes outrageous claims about safety, crime, street life, policing, the negative influence of the Garden City, and propositions made about revitalising and reviving parts of the cities we live in.
During this book club, we will reflect together on some of the arguments made by Jacobs in this book, with a focus on the Introduction, Part One: The Peculiar Nature of Cities, and Part 2: The Conditions for City Diversity.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.