Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

25 October, 2017

Runtime: 92′

Synopsis

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

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Ciné-ONU | UN Cinema screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, by Matt Tyrnauer (Image: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, poster)

by Matt Tyrnauer

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The film was followed by a panel discussion with:

Ryan Killackey

Ryan Killackey

Film Director

Director of ‘Yasuni Man

Maria Cristina Zucco

Maria Cristina Zucco

Legal Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Fernando Ponz Canto

Fernando Ponz Canto

Deputy Head of Division for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

European External Action Service (EEAS)

Carlos Jimenez

Carlos Jimenez

Moderator

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC)

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