Jane Jacobs Lecture

The Jane Jacobs Lecture explores the challenges of political and community leadership in the urban context. Speakers are selected for their expertise and practice of creating diverse and vital communities, particularly in urban areas. Senator Cory Booker (NJ), then the Mayor of Newark, delivered the inaugural Jane Jacobs Lecture.

Jane Jacobs

About Jane Jacobs

Urbanologist and architectural critic, Jane Jacobs (1916-2009) attended Columbia University's School of General Studies and became an associate editor at Architectural Forum magazine in 1952. The Death and Life of Great American Cities was her most well-known book (1961). Jacobs was also an activist and was arrested in 1968 after she disrupted a public meeting about the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a project she opposed. Jacobs moved to Toronto with her family in 1969 in part due to her objection to the Vietnam War. She quickly became an influential figure in Toronto and soon after her arrival helped to stop plans for the construction of the Spadina Expressway. Jacobs was nominated to the Order of Canada in 1996 for her work on urban development. Her last book, Dark Age Ahead, was published in 2004.

An extentive collection of Jane Jacobs' papers and work are currently housed in the Burns Library archives.



FALL 2020

David Queeley

Sustainability in Urban Communities

David Queeley
Director, Eco-Innovation, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
6:00 PM | Via Zoom | Registration is required.

David Queeley is the director of eco-innovation for the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation working to combine neighborhood scale sustainability, transit-oriented development, renewable energy, waste reduction, and climate preparedness through resilience. Mr. Queeley is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Cornell University.

The mission of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation is to build a better, stronger community in Codman Square and South Dorchester by creating housing and commercial spaces that are safe, sustainable, and affordable, promoting financial and economic stability for residents and for the neighborhood, and providing residents of all ages with opportunities and skills to empower themselves to improve their lives.

Event is presented with The Office of Sustainability and the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action