Jane Jacobs’ writings span several disciplines—including ethics and most especially economics—but she is best known for her contributions to and her critique of urban planning, design, and policy. Many of those whom she influenced in academia, policy, and activism took the occasion of her one-hundredth birthday in 2016 to celebrate those contributions through lectures, biographies, and various events and publications.
The current issue of COSMOS + TAXIS is offered in that same spirit. I am especially pleased that it includes the contributions of a diversity of scholars—with backgrounds in economics, urban policy, urban planning, geography, architectural history, and engineering—with a diversity of insights expressed from the perspectives of epistemology, intellectual history, spatial analysis, urban history, private cities, mercantilism, and of course spontaneous order; and ranging in approach from the theoretical to the historical to the applied. Indeed, we learn from Jacobs that from the diversity of the living city springs experiment, creativity, and surprise; and that pertains equally to the realm of living ideas. Read these pages and be surprised!
Special Issue on Jane Jacobs [pdf]
Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Economic Order Methodologist: Part 1: Intellectual Apprenticeship [pdf]
Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak
Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Economic Order Methodologist: Part 2: Metaphors and Methods [pdf]
Joanna Szurmak and Pierre Desrochers
Experimenting in Urban Self-organization: Framework-rules and emerging orders in Oosterwold [pdf]
Stefano Cozzolino, Edwin Buitelaar, Stefano Moroni, and Niels Sorel
Modern Cities as Spontaneous Orders [pdf]
Wendell Cox and Peter Gordon
NIMBYs as Mercantilists [pdf]
A City Cannot be a Work of Art [pdf]
The State of Indian Cities [pdf]
The Kind of Problem Gentrification Is: The Case of New York [pdf]
The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell[pdf]