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Review on Theories of Urban Origins of Jane Jacobs Based on Her Urban Thoughts

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2019, 8(3), pp.497-516
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.8.3.11
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : September 6, 2019
  • Accepted : October 10, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

Jungyeop Shin 1

1서울대학교 지리교육과

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to offer a detailed review on Jane Jacobs’ thoughts on the city as she is considered as one of the influential urbanist in the academia and the public. To that end, the Jacobian view on urban planning is examined with particular attention to diversity and innovation in the beginning, and then her trade theory on urban origin is reviewed with some critical assessments. In the former, I highlight how jacobs’ anti-modernist urban activism especially in New York and Toronto was embedded in her confidence in the urban diversity and innovations. In the latter, my critical review is focused on how Jacobs’ trade theory is different from the conventional theory centered on the urban origins from agricultural surplus, while outlining her case study of Catalhöyük. These examinations lead the author to contemplate on Jacobs’ enormous contributions to the current urbanist theory and practices, despite the presence of critiques who indicate lacking empirical evidence and academic considerations in her works.

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