The City Builder Book Club is a joint venture between the Centre for City Ecology and Creative Urban Projects. We are hoping to use this online book club to facilitate a deeper understanding of how cities work by reading and discussing books that have developed and challenged our ideas about urban life.
Our first selection will be The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. This past September, we celebrated the release of the 50th Anniversary Edition of this book with an event featuring four former mayors of Toronto who knew Jane well. They spoke about her impact on Toronto and on their leadership of it.
As we re-read this book, we will hear from urbanists from many different cities. They will comment on how the ideas Jane expressed fifty years ago in New York City are being realised in cities around the world today.
Starting on February 1, 2012, we will be reading 1–2 chapters each week. Members of the Centre for City Ecology and Creative Urban Projects will write about the week’s chapters every Monday and Wednesday. Each week, we will also have guest posts from urbanists, architects, town planners, designers, academics, and city builders of all kinds.
In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs stresses the value of the experiences of people who live and work in cities. Your experience in your own city is a valuable part of the conversation about what makes a city welcoming and vibrant. We welcome you to strengthen our discussion of this book by adding comments on our blog. You can also join our mailing list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.