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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.

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Previous Jane Jacobs Medalists

2013
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Bette Midler, Entertainer and Founder, New York Restoration Project
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Ian Marvy, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Added Value

2012
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Ron Shiffman, professor, Pratt Institute
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Rosanne Haggerty, president, Community Solutions
Medal for New Technology and Innovation
Carl Skelton, co-founder, Gotham Innovation Greenhouse
Erin Barnes, Cassie Flynn, and Brandon Whitney, co-founders, ioby

2011
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, Filmakers and founders of the Tribeca Film Festival
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation
Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives

2010
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, longtime and founding President of the Central Park Conservancy and current President of the Foundation for Landscape Studies
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line

2009
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Richard Kahan, founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side
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2008
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Peggy Shepard, executive director and co-founder of West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Alexie Torres-Fleming, executive director and founder of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
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2007
Medal for Lifetime Leadership
Barry Benepe, co-founder of Greenmarkets
Medal for New Ideas and Activism
Omar Freilla, founder of Green Worker Cooperatives

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