While history presents us a foundation to our knowledge of the past that shapes the presents, it can also offer much needed alternatives to dogmatic views as evident in Jane Jacob’s “The Death and Life of American Cities.” Jacob engages with a framework that arises from a space outside the dominant system of modernist, orthodox city planning and rebuilding in the post-war U.S. She begins her book with, “an attack on current city planning and rebuilding... and an attempt to introduce new principles,” (Jacobs, 1961, p. 5) by providing examples on failures of planning in contributing to large-scale urban redevelopment projects, which led to wasteful use of space and a heavy reliance on cars. By examining the foundations and countering the logic of orthodox city planning from Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City, Le Corbusier’s Radiant and City Beautiful Movement led by Daniel Burnham (1961, p. 23), Jacob observes how these modernist ideas became embedded into the profession of plann...
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