Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became one of the most influential American texts about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’s reign of power in New York City.
Maps are a way of seeing the world, seeing the ways in which people encounter spaces, build structures, demolish others, create stories but maps capture much more than the eye can see. Our studies in Bizarre Bazaar will encourage us to look at the map as a way of drawing the viewer in to sense the diversity of our spaces, to see it as an emotional response to the nature of the space. Continue reading