Law School Hosts Jane Jacobs Nov. 18

Law School Hosts Jane Jacobs Nov. 18

One of America's most celebrated urban planners will be the guest of honor and a featured speaker this Saturday when the Boston College Law School hosts the symposium "Jane Jacobs and the New Urban Ecology" from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Nov. 18 event, which takes place in the Law School East Wing 120, also will feature Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs Jay Wickersham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visiting Professor of History Sam Bass Warner Jr. and other experts who will discuss Jacobs' life and work.

The author of the groundbreaking 1961 book Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs has been hailed as a giant in the field of urban design and planning for more than 40 years. Her papers have been donated to Boston College as a permanent resource for scholarship in land and urban development, and are housed in the Burns Library.

Event organizers said the symposium will chronicle the continuing force of Jacobs' past and present work as it has shaped, and continues to shape, new generations of urban ecology and land use in the 21st century.

Others slated to speak at the symposium are: BC Law School adjunct professors William Shutkin, author of The Land that Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the 21st Century, and Jon Witten, an expert in land use; Carl Anthony of the San Francisco New Habitat initiative; Anne Whiston Spirn, a professor of landscape architecture and planning at MIT; and Assistant Professor of Public Policy Archon Fung of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

For more information on the event, call the Environmental Affairs Law Review at ext.2-8557.

-Sean Smith

 

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