Pioneering urbanist Jane Jacobs’ research led to the 1961 publication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, now considered a seminal work in the field of urban planning. The book was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which established the Jane Jacobs Medal in 2007. The 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal winners—Peggy Shepard and Alexie Torres-Fleming—were honored at a dinner and ceremony held at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum. After an introduction from Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, Robert Caro (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York) speaks about Jacobs’ epic struggles against the urban policies of the legendary builder Robert Moses, as well as the importance and influence of her work and legacy in the development of contemporary cities. George Campbell Jr., the president of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a Jane Jacobs Medal Jury Co-Chair, bestows the Medal for Lifetime Leadership on Peggy Shepard, Executive Director/Co-Founder, West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT). Agnes Gund, Museum of Modern Art President Emerita and also a Jane Jacobs Medal Jury Co-Chair, presents Alexie Torres-Fleming, Founder & Executive Director, Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice, with the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.
Posted: September 8th, 2008
The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal 2008 Awards Ceremony