Jane Jacobs critiquing the new urbanists in advance

"My idea, however, is not that we should therefore try to reproduce, routinely and in a surface way, the streets and districts that do display strengths and success as fragments of city life. This would be impossible, and sometimes would be an exercise in architectural antiquarianism." -- The death and life of great American cities, page 140


  1. People like their trends. But ultimately humanity takes its own path, one that has almost nothing to do with the normal paths of disciplinary reasoning. There are many truths in the social sciences, but the one that I've always known to be the truest of all truths is that the future is always uncertain.

  2. Gene, is your paper on rationalism and urban design publicly available yet?

    1. No. If you need a copy, email me.