Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses: How Stands the Debate Today?

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Recorded: October 11, 2006
Jane Jacobs’ death in 2006 triggered many conversations about her legacy to New York. In particular, people have been mulling the question of whose urban vision — hers, or that of her arch opponent, Robert Moses — dominates Gotham’s approaches to city building today. A conversation among historians, architects, planners, politicians, community activists and developers explored the issue.

Panelists included: Hilary Ballon, Professor at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Amanda Burden, Director of the Department of City Planning, and Chair of the City Planning Commission; Richard Kahan, President and Founder of the Urban Assembly, former President of the New York State Urban Development Corporation and former Chairman of the Battery Park City Authority; Brad Lander, Director of PICCED and Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute; Nicolai Ouroussoff, Architecture Critic for The New York Times; Michael Sorkin, Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at City College of New York and Principal at Michael Sorkin Studio; and Samuel Zipp, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine.

Co-sponsored by Gotham Center for New York City History and the Graduate Urban Design Program, City College of New York.

More information is available at archleague.org.
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Source by The Architectural League

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