City walks to honour work of urban activist and author Jane Jacobs

Historians and architects to hold events in cities around the world on Sunday

Jane Jacobs: author of ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’ was born 100 years ago this year

Jane Jacobs: author of ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’ was born 100 years ago this year

 

Jane Jacobs the urban activist, journalist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) was born 100 years ago this year. In memory of her influential work on urban renewal, historians and architects are leading walks in cities around the world this Sunday.

Architectural historian Natalie de Roiste will lead a walk through the oldest part of Dublin, starting at Christchurch Cathedral at noon and taking in a few city parks, the Iveagh Trust flats and the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Company houses, ending in what used to be called Little Jerusalem.

Green Party councillor and architect Ciarán Cuffe will lead another walk, starting at 3pm from the Spire in O’Connell St, walking through pop-up parks, old jails and battlefields of Dublin’s northwest inner city. He will be seeking views of fellow walkers about how to tackle the dereliction of the north inner city. See janeswalk.org