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Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. -Jane Jacobs, 1961

As we open 2016, the Municipal Art Society of New York is delighted to announce a historic, global celebration in honor of urban activist and economist Jane Jacobs, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on May 4 of this year. Best known in New York for defeating a Robert Moses-planned highway that would have run roughshod through Greenwich Village, Jane was a global thinker and activist whose ideas about how urban economies and city neighborhoods thrive are as timeless as they are revolutionary.

Through Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100, MAS will promote, connect, and help leverage activities that ignite public enthusiasm for urban life. Whether it’s a walking tour, ebook, lecture series, art show, public performance—or whatever else our partners dream up—MAS is looking for ideas big and small, brand new and established, that can join our sixth month salute to urbanism. 

What will you do in your own community to celebrate Jane this year? Visit our online portal and share your plans to celebrate Jane Jacobs and urbanism in 2016.

We are also delighted to share with you a major announcement: also this year, MAS will present the Rockefeller Foundation’s first-ever international Jane Jacobs Medal, honoring urban activists who embody Jane’s principles in cities worldwide. The Medal will be presented in Quito, Ecuador, in conjunction with the United Nations’ Habitat III conference on the future of cities. Stay tuned for more information when our nomination process opens this spring.

Today, watch the Jane Jacobs at 100 video, and start thinking: from workshops to walks, performances to talks — what will you do to celebrate?

Watch the video and give us your ideas »»

Upcoming Events

Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100
May – October, 2016
A global celebration in honor of the urban activist Jane Jacobs

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Previous Event Highlights

2015 MASterworks Awards
April 16, 2015
Celebrating excellence in architecture and urban design.

Jane’s Walk
May 1-5, 2015
200+ Free Walking Tours Celebrating New York City

Pitching the City
May 29, 2015
Offering a platform for fresh urban ideas

2015 MAS Summit for NYC
October 22-23, 2015
Over two days, 150 expert speakers inspired us to build The City We Want

Global Cities at the Crossroads |
November 19, 2015
Commerce and Art: The Power of Place

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