Cities & Human Flourishing Reading Group

Proximity Project is pleased to be leading a book discussion in conjunction with MacLaurinCSF this winter/spring of 2015. This is free and open to anyone. Please register here to participate!

  • Facilitator: Sara Joy Proppe, MA
  • Cosponsor: MacLaurinCSF
  • Day/Time: Every other Thursday, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Dates: 2/5, 2/19, 3/7, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16
  • Location: MacLaurinCSF Study Center

Cities are organic yet planned; chaotic yet structured; beautiful yet broken. What makes for a good city? Is there such a definition? This group will read through key parts of Jane Jacobs’s classic work The Death and Life of Great American Cities to explore how city design relates to human community and flourishing. We will also compare and contrast Jacobs work with other great urbanist thinkers, such as Robert Moses and Lewis Mumford.

  • Genre: nonfiction
  • Subject: urban design
  • Required reading: ~50 pages/meeting
  • Keywords: cities, urban planning, urbanism, human flourishing, design, built environment, human scale