Stroll through any city -- observe the variety of smells, noises, and activities of its residents. Now imagine a city without any people. Would the city still have the same smells, sounds, and hubbub of vibrant human interaction?
In order to create "healthy" communities -- communities that are economically, socially, politically, and environmentally vibrant -- as planners we must design and build with the people and all of their various activities, values, and influences in mind. The student work in this exhibit represents our reflections on and reactions to Jane Jacobs' ideas and activism regarding what must be done to create vibrant, healthy communities.
We offer our interpretation of Jane Jacobs' contributions to the field of urban planning in honor of her selection as the recipient of the 1996 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. As you explore our projects and the World Wide Web page, we invite you to consider the elements that you believe are necessary for a healthy community.
See the work of our Planning 303 classmates
Visit our list of links to "healthy city" sites
See UVA's Program
Check out the Planning 303 - Urban Theory Syllabus
Assignment 1 - The City Tour
Assignment 2 - The Jane Jacobs Assignment
A Bibliography of Jane Jacobs's work
Pamuk's notes on Jane Jacobs's contributions