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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs's fight to stop Robert Moses demolishing New York's historic neighbourhoods in pursuit of his modernist vision in the 60s.

In 1960, Jane Jacobs's book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of modern city-planning. Jacobs, a journalist, author and activist, was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop 'master builder' Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city, demolishing historic neighbourhoods in pursuit of his modernist vision.

This film retraces those battles as contemporary urbanisation moves to the very front of the global agenda and examines the city of today through the life and work of one of its greatest champions.

1 hour, 20 minutes

Last on

Mon 4 Mar 2019 23:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:24


    We Gathered In Spring

  • 00:54

    Space Noyse

    Under Your Skin


Role Contributor
Director Matt Tyrnauer