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Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning

FEATURED THIS WEEK : THOMAS J. CAMPANELLA

Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Planning professor Thomas Campanella assesses one of the tenacious effects of Jacobs's landmark book: the rise of community-based planning and the marginalization of the profession. Half a century after Jacobs challenged large-scale urban renewal and big-picture master planning, the field has become, says Campanella, "a caretaker profession — reactive rather than proactive, corrective instead of preemptive, rule bound and hamstrung and anything but visionary."
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ADAM YARINSKY

Donald Judd and the Blooming of Reality

The legacy of Donald Judd comprises not only his art but also the extraordinary environments he created at 101 Spring Street in New York City and in the West Texas town of Marfa. Here architect Adam Yarinsky, in a review of two new books about Judd's work and life, explores the artist's painstaking process and strong ideas, his conviction that "the space surrounding my work is crucial to it." Yarinsky argues that Judd's complex intermingling of art with place over time offers valuable insights to architects who aspire to "a more vital connection to our world today."
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GITA LENZ & GORDON STETTINIUS

Gita Lenz: New York Views

Earlier this week we featured articles exploring the legacy of Jane Jacobs and Andy Warhol. Both Jacobs and Warhol did their pathbreaking work in mid 20th-century New York City, and each came to exemplify particular ways of inhabiting the metropolis. Here we present a gallery by another mid-century New Yorker. Gita Lenz was a rising photographer in the '50s and early '60s before her career was cut short. Her work, largely neglected since then, is now gaining new attention.
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TIMOTHY MENNEL

Jane Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and the Kind of Problem a Community Is

In the 1960s Jane Jacobs and Andy Warhol exemplified very different styles of finding community in New York City: Jacobs's Village and Warhol's Factory were worlds apart. Jacobs's world, depicted in her landmark The Death and Life of Great American Cities, has provided an enduring ideal of communitarian solidarity and profoundly influenced half a century of city planning. But Tim Mennel argues that it is Warhol's world that was the more inclusive, more open to complexity and unruliness, and ultimately more influential on the city we actually inhabit.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

The Anti-Monograph

A few weeks ago Mark Lamster explored the future of the architectural monograph. Here Alexandra Lange takes up the topic, arguing that the new monograph by Studio Gang is a very contemporary effort to negotiate the temptations and contradictions of the genre: to feed the star machinery and yet resist it at the same time.
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The non-profit sector is a major player in promoting green urbanism. Here's what's happening in Little Rock.
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