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City Planning Documentary & Panel Discussion at the IFI - Citizen Jane: Battle for the City


Sunday, May 07, 2017




Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin D02 PD85



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The Irish Film Institute to host a panel discussion on architecture, city planning and environmental policy following a screening of Matt Tyranauer’s new documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City on Sunday, May 7 at 16.00.

There will be a PANEL DISCUSSION following the 16.00 screening on Sunday May 7th with guests Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Dublin City Councillor for the North Inner City, Natalie de Róiste, City Organiser Jane’s Walk Dublin, town planner and architectural historian and Alan Mee, Lecturer in urban design, School of Architecture, planning and Environmental Policy, UCD.

When journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs wrote her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities in 1961, she helped to change the way we consider urban living; viewing cities as holistic networks of people functioning as distinct yet connected communities.

Diametrically opposed to her thinking was Robert Moses, the New York construction magnate who transformed the city after WWII by gutting its community-centric, poorer neighbourhoods to introduce monolithic rows of apartments. Focusing on the time in the ‘60s when they clashed over Moses’ plan to cut expressways through Greenwich Village, Soho and Little Italy. Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary presents these two figures as antagonists locked in a heated ideological battle for the future of New York.

Notes by David O’Mahony

This film opens May 5th. Tickets will be on sale on May 1st 2017.

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