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Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York Wins William H. Whyte Award

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Last Monday, June 16, the NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association honored the Municipal Art Society with the William H. Whyte Award for its Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York exhibition. The William H. Whyte Award is given annually “to an individual, plan or project that is distinguished by creativity in the field of planning.” This year, MAS is sharing the award with Hilary Ballon, curator of the Robert Moses and the Modern City exhibition.

Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York was the centerpiece of an extensive public education and civic engagement effort developed to highlight the principles and relevance of the celebrated urbanist, explore the contemporary metropolis through Jacobs’s groundbreaking views on cities, and underscore the Rockefeller Foundation’s legacy in advancing the field of urban design while encouraging a new generation of citizen activists to advocate for positive change within their communities.

Given the massive redevelopment occurring throughout New York City, the exhibition came at a critical time and spurred ongoing debate concerning the influence of these iconic figures who shared a profound conviction about the power of cities to influence social well-being. Jean Tatge, Chief Operating Officer of MAS, accepted the Award on behalf of the Municipal Art Society.