Healthy Cities, Urban Theory, and Design:
The Power of Jane Jacobs

Welcome to the PLAN 303 Jane Jacobs Homepage at the University of Virginia

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.


Biography of Jane Jacobs

See the work of our Planning 303 classmates

Visit our list of links to "healthy city" sites

See UVA's Program Poster

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


Go to the School of Architecture home page
Go to the University of Virginia home page

This page was created by PLAN303 students:

Paul DeMaio, Paul's Home Page
Anthony Foster, Anthony's Home Page

Edited by Kristan Mitchell, PLAN303 Teaching Assistant