Continuing our look into the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs we speak with Brian Tochterman (@btochterman), Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Development at Northland College, about how Jacob's work has been adopted by conservative adherents of Urbanism to further development projects Jacob's herself would probably have opposed. He explains how he teaches "The Life and Death of Great American Cities" and offers his own insights into the shortcomings of her work.
Jane Jacobs was an author and activist whose influential book, "The Life and Death of Great American Cities" challenged many popular notions about neighbourhoods, city planning, and architecture. She made connections between the ecology of cities and the ecology of nature.
While some looked at areas in a city as chaotic slums, Jane Jacobs saw a complex and delicate order in the urban fabric.
In order to explore the legacy of her work and its influence on our communities we decided to speak with some of the writers, academics and local organizers who have drawn inspiration from her work.
Matt Carreau (@) is a public interest designer, creative facilitator and urbanist working in Winnipeg, MB. His work is focused on social innovation & citizen-led approaches to sustainable urban development, and he is the organizers of Jane's Walk Winnipeg.
Scott and Matt talk about the importance of getting out and exploring the city while going for a stroll through West Broadway / The West End. **Apologies for the audio quality, it was quite windy.**
Zoe Todd (Métis) (@) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta, Canada. She is a tenure-track lecturer in Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa and a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.
She writes about Indigeneity, art, architecture, decolonization and healing in urban contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in northern Canada.
In this episode Zoee discusses how she discovered Jacob's work and how it influence her to rethink cities as Indigenous spaces.