Commons Project: Citizen Jane Screening

Photo of Jane Jacobs from Matt Tyrnauer’s CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY. Courtesy of IFC Films. A Sundance Selects release.


As part of The Commons Artist Project: Joan Giroux, participate in a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City and an open discussion. Jane Jacobs upended the field of urban planning with her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities and was a lifelong activist in the fight to keep New York City’s public spaces sacred. Jacobs’s life story provides a timely example of the activism and ethics necessary to keep cities livable and functional for all. The screening is followed by a conversation organized by René King, assistant professor in the Design Department of Columbia College Chicago.