|Title:||Revisiting Jane Jacobs’s Urban Complexity in Global Sustainability City Discourse||Authors:||Wong, May Ee
|Issue Date:||1-Mar-2021||Publisher:||UCL Press||Citation:||Wong, May Ee, Stasiowski, Maciej (2021-03-01). Revisiting Jane Jacobs’s Urban Complexity in Global Sustainability City Discourse. Architecture_MPS 19 (1). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.amps.2021v19i1.003||Abstract:||
Since the 1990s, a recurrent trope of the ‘global sustainable city’ has emerged in popular and professional discussions of globalization, sustainable development and urban innovation. Published in commercial publications and grey literature on policy, design and global trends, the trope is also articulated in a genre of trade books by urban consultants and in public showcases that project the city as a socially, economically and environmentally beneficial entity – a sustainable complex system that is even promoted to be humanity’s best hope for solving the global ecological problems of the twenty-first century. This article traces how urbanist Jane Jacobs’s notion of urban complexity becomes an allusive reference in examples of popular global sustainability discourse that present the city as an evolutionary self-organizing entity of systemic networks and physical flows. It examines urban economist Edward Glaeser’s
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