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In this lecture, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Luca Bertolini will focus on Jane Jacobs’ masterpiece ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. Published in 1961, it is still considered one of the most insightful and influential books ever written on cities, their workings, making, and breaking.

Event details of Luca Bertolini presents the work of Jane Jacobs
Date 18 June 2019
Time 15:00 -16:30
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building I (CREA)
Room Location: CREA, Theatre Hall
Great Thinkers

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an American-Canadian journalist, author and activist. Her book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’ foregrounds social and economic diversity as the constitutive characteristic of cities, and demonstrates how physical planning and policy interventions can foster or destroy diversity.

Bertolini will reflect on the enduring legacy and present relevance of this work, in terms of its contents, methods, and the kind of intellectual it represents.


About Luca Bertolini

Luca Bertolini is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research and teaching focus is on the integration of transport and land use planning, on methods for supporting the option-generation phase of the planning process, on concepts for coping with uncertainty in planning, and on ways of enhancing theory-practice interaction. Bertolini’s main publication topics include planning for sustainable accessibility in urban regions, conceptualizing urbanism in the network society, and the application of evolutionary theories to planning.

PhD Seminar

This lecture will be followed by a PhD seminar on 25 June 10.00-12.00. Please contact Alix Nieuwenhuis ( if you wish to register for the PhD seminar.

About the Great Thinkers Seminar Series

AISSR members present the work of a great thinker in the field of social sciences immersing us in key features of the social science canon and ‘Great Thinkers’ and exploring contributions across disciplinary lines. Staff members, PhD students and others interested can attend the public lecture. For AISSR PhD students the lecture can be followed by a PhD seminar with a second discussion of key readings of the respective thinker. How can you use these readings in your own research project? 

Roeterseilandcampus - building I (CREA)

Room Location: CREA, Theatre Hall

Nieuwe Achtergracht 168-178
1018 WV Amsterdam