Miriam Fitzpatrick

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (2)

with Gillian Darley, Miriam Fitzpatrick, Owen Hatherley and Jonathan Meades

Festival of the Future City/
Wed 18 November 2015

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (2)

with Gillian Darley, Miriam Fitzpatrick, Owen Hatherley and Jonathan Meades

Miriam Fitzpatrick
Wed 18 November 2015,

In April 1958 ‘Downtown is for People’ was published in Fortune Magazine. Its author, Jane Jacobs (who went on to write the classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities), along with the critic Ian Nairn (whose photos were used to create illustrations for the article) were brought together at the invitation of William H Whyte, American urbanist, organisational analyst, people-watcher and author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, among others. It was a turning point in all their respective careers. Architect and lecturer Miriam Fitzpatrick examines the life and work of Whyte; author Gillian Darley talks about Jacobs; and Jonathan Meades and Owen Hatherley look at Nairn, his TV work, writings and more. They all debate what these writers mean for cities today.

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