The Rockefeller Foundation awards the Jane Jacobs Medal annually to individuals whose work creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City, challenges traditional assumptions, and creatively uses the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation. MAS administers the medal through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal was created in 2007 to honor the author and activist who died in April 2006 at the age of 89. The Rockefeller Foundation’s relationship with Jane Jacobs dates back to the 1950s, when the Foundation made a grant to the then-obscure writer from Greenwich Village, for the research and writing of the book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Now more than fifty years later, Jane Jacobs’ work remains one of the most influential books ever written on urban design.
The 2013 Jane Jacobs Medals were awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation on November 14, 2013 at the IAC building. For more information: click here.
MAS administers the Jane Jacobs Medal on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation. Details about the next round of nominations will be posted here in early 2014.