In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s 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. She was an activist, who was involved in many 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 urbanization 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 Jacobs’s prescient text and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order.
DOP: Chris Dapkins
Original language: enTranslation in headphones: lv