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In his otherwise dismissive New Yorker review of Jane Jacobs’ 1962 Death and Life of Great American Cities (“Mother Jacobs’ Home Remedies”), Lewis Mumford allowed that Jacobs represented “a new kind of ‘expert,’ very refreshing in current planning circles where minds unduly fascinated by computers carefully confine themselves to asking only the kind of question that computers can answer…”

Yet, some 50 years on, it is clear that few were more prescient in understanding the networked nature of cities, and the complex and subtle way people and information work together to create urban life, than Jacobs herself. Marking the 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ birth, and as part of the celebrations organized by the Municipal Art Society leading to the presentation of the Jane Jacobs Medal at the United Nation’s Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October, the Berkeley Center for New Media and SPUR present a conversation with Jane Jacobs scholar Peter Laurence, historian of urban computing Jennifer Light, and Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, moderated by BCNM Director Nicholas de Monchaux and SPUR Editorial Director Allison Arieff.

For more information on the speaker lineup and this event visit: http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/events/event/jane-jacobs-and-the-digital-city/