Jan 24 2018

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Screening and Panel

Wednesday, January 24
7pm to 9:30pm
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue

Preservation Austin and the Paramount Theatre present a screening of the award-winning documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City followed by a panel discussion featuring experts from the fields of historic preservation and urban planning. Some say that Jane Jacobs, subject of the documentary, single-handedly saved the soul of New York City in the 1960s. Join us to find out how! (And check out our special Jane's Walk, presented with CNU-CTX, here).

AIA Continuing Education Credits: 1LU

About the film:

“In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop 'master builder' Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.” -Altimeter Films

About the panel:

Following the film, the panel features professionals and experts from the fields of preservation and urban planning. The discussion will place Austin’s present-day growth and redevelopment within the context of Jacobs’ work, as our community strives to reach a consensus over what the city should look like – and how it should function – going forward. Topics will include urban identity and sense of place; grassroots activism; urban economics; displacement of historic minority communities; and the roles that both density and preservation should play in shaping Austin’s future.


Kim McKnight, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
Dr. Robert Paterson, Associate Dean for Research and Operations (Interim), University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
Catherine Sak, Executive Director, Texas Downtown Association
Dr. Robert Young, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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