The Routledge Guidebook to Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Series Editor: ANTHONY GOTTLIEB
Routledge – 2014 – 288 pages
Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities was published in 1961 and is now generally considered one of the most important books ever written on cities and city life. At a time when suburbia appeared to be human destiny, and architectural and urban theorists questioned whether the city should survive, Jacobs taught people to see, understand, and love cities again. The book continues to be widely studied and discussed but is seldom read and understood in its entirety – this guidebook will help readers both pull the text apart and tie it up together.
This guidebook includes:
Part 1: Jane Jacobs and The Death and Life of Great American Cities Introduction Part 2: Reading Death and Life 1. Introduction 2. The Peculiar Nature of Cities 3. The Conditions for City Diversity 4. Forces of Decline and Regeneration 5. Different Tactics 6. The Kind of Problem a City Is Part 3: Considering Death and Life 7. Rhetoric and Criticism 8. Sources, Methodology, and Theory 9. Scientific Confirmation and Consilience Part 5: Discussing Death and Life 10.Historiography 11. Death and Life at the Turn of its Second Half Century. Bibliography
Peter Laurence is Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at Clemson University. In various capacities he has been studying Jacobs’s work for fifteen years.