This year, Smart City Expo World Congress welcomes you to join the celebration dedicated to the legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, on the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Jane Jacobs, born May 4th, 1916, is today universally recognized as one of the key figures in urbanism.
Although she had no professional training as an urban planner, Jacobs revolutionized the way we look at cities. She relied on her observations and common sense to show why certain places work, and what can be done to improve those that do not.
Jacob´s theories and ideas have been influential for more than five decades to many different fields: urban design, urban planning, architecture, sociology, human geography, environmental psychology, economic geography and many more.
Jane Jacobs' Exhibition
- Jane Jacobs' Exhibition: enjoy the images and videos about Jane Jacobs displayed in the Smart City Plaza from November 15th to 17th.
Learning from Jane Jacob's walk
- Learning from Jane Jacobs: participate in the walk in the morning of November 18th from 10:00 to 12:00.
Walk around with us, observe and connect. Find out more about Jane´s legacy and relevance while experiencing the contemporary city.
Please fill in the application form*
Meeting point: November 18th at 10:00, Gran Via Venue – South Entrance – Hall Europa.
*Please, notice this activity has a maximum capacity of 80 participants. Once registered, join us at the meeting point with your event badge to identify yourself.
This walk is based on the experience of Col·lectiu Punt 6 after organizing Jane Jacobs walks since 2011 in the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. These walks usually take place the first weekend of May in cities around the world, and are part of the international movement Jane's Walk.
Jane's Walk want to spread the legacy and ideas of the urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs (1926-2006) whose texts advocated for a city design and planning centred in the community. Her book Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961, made many contributions about how cities work, evolve and fail. Her ideas are still essential in the fields of architecture, planning, public policy and community activism. his year is special because of the commemoration of her 100 birth anniversary with activities around the world like in janes100th.org from the Center for the Living City.
Jane's Walks are walks around a neighbourhood to learn from a particular environment and with other people. Their goal is to be entertaining, dynamic and participatory. They are not exclusively about architecture and history of a neighbourhood, but they offer a look to the local culture, social history and the urban problems that neighbours face. Jane Jacobs fervently defended that neighbours are the people who most know about how the places where they live work, and what are the essential elements to improve them.
Walking the urban environment with Jane Jacobs seeks to observe, describe and analyze the surroundings of Fira Barcelona in Gran Via with the eyes of Jane Jacobs. We will emphasize the value of the experience of people who live in this environment to break hierarchies between "experts" in urban planning and "non experts". In this walk we will collectively address what are the points that explain the everyday life in the neighbourhood and what urban aspects support the daily life and what aspects are barriers. We will stop in different places and talk about how the urban configuration conditions the use of spaces, housing access, safety perceptions, mobility, issues of representation in the public space, among other topics that Jane Jacobs talked.
15th Nov - 17th Nov, 2016
Jane Jacobs' Exhibition.
Smart City Plaza.
18th Nov, 2016
From 10:00:00 to 12:00:00
Walk Learning from Jane Jacobs
Gran Via Venue – South Entrance – Hall Europa.