The public urbanist Nathan Storring discusses the collection of pieces by Jane Jacobs, Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Random House, 2016), that he edited with Samuel Zipp, with Joseph Planta.
|Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs by Jane Jacobs, edited by Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring (Random House, 2016).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jane Jacobs, and ten years after her death, a new book collects essays, articles, speeches and interviews of the influential writer and thinker. These works illuminate her thinking over her professional life, and the evolution of her thinking from before the publication of the seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and The Economy of Cities, as well as after those books inspired a change in how cities were regarded, even inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. The book, Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs is edited by the writer and historian Samuel Zipp, and Nathan Storring, who joins me now. I’ll get Mr. Storring to tell us about the life of Jacobs, her ideas, and her legacy. Nathan Storring is a curator, writer and designer who specialises in making contemporary architecture and city planning accessible to the general public. He has served as curator of Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto, and currently works at Project for Public Spaces, an urban advocacy organisation. He has degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and Brown University. His website is at www.nathanstorring.com. This book is published by Random House. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Toronto today, Nathan Storring; Mr. Storring, good morning.