Jane Jacobs is still here: Jane Jacobs 100 Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century


Roberto Rocco (ed)
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Keywords: Jane Jacobs, inclusive urbanization, complexity theory, liveable neighbourhoods, public spaces, the just city


On the occasion of Jane Jacobs’ 100 anniversary, the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology, together with the OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment and the Rotterdam Erasmus University College organised a two-day conference on Jane Jacob’s legacy at TU Delft on 24-25 May 2016. This event was complemented one year later by a ‘Jane Jacobs Year’ closing event.

We wished to celebrate the life and accomplishments of one of the most important urban thinkers of our time, someone who has influenced generations of designers and planners and others concerned with the built environment: the great Jane Jacobs.

This volume contains a number of papers presented at the celebratory conference held at TU Delft in May 2016, with six tracks coordinated by guest scholars.

Track 1: Jane Jacobs, ethics, and the just city
Track 2: Jane Jacobs and Street Spaces – Streets as public places
Track 3: Jane Jacobs and the dynamics of neighbourhoods
Track 4: Jane Jacobs and the Reshaping old urban fabrics in Chinese cities
Track 5: Jane Jacobs and organised complexity
Track 6: Jane Jacobs and safety in public space


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Author Biography

Roberto Rocco (ed), Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Roberto Rocco is trained as an architect and spatial planner with a master’s in planning from the University of São Paulo, a specialisation in urban management tools by the Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris (former Institut Français d’Urbanisme) and a PhD by TU Delft. At TU Delft, he is an Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy. He focuses on the governance of sustainability transitions, which includes issues of spatial justice and social sustainability as crucial dimensions of transitions.


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