Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Impact | Vancity Theatre Screening
"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."
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. Jacobs was also 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. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.
Panel discussion to follow our Tuesday, April 25th, screening.
Screening Dates and Times:
21 April 2017 5:40 PM
24 April 2017 8:30 PM
25 April 2017 7:00 PM
26 April 2017 6:30 PM
27 April 2017 6:30 PM
29 April 2017 5:30 PM
"Fascinating… pulses with contemporary resonance… explores the scope and meaning of that overly familiar thing — the city — in ways that will box open your thinking. It’s a finely woven tapestry that feels as relevant and alive as the place you live." Owen Gleiberman, Variety