What would Jane do?


On the eve of the London Mayoral Election, Urbanistas considers the role of women's leadership in city-making.

Jane Jacobs was responsible for a paradigm shift in how professionals, politicians and property developers see the city, both in terms of its urban form, but also the invisible connections made every day. Yet many of her lessons remain seemingly unlearned. Though the Women’s Equality Party is making great strides in changing the debate in the Mayoral election there remains too few women in leadership roles, either elected or appointed.

We honour Jane’s enduring legacy on her birthday by asking 'what would Jane do?' This event also celebrates Urbanistas’ fourth birthday. Urbantistas amplify women’s voices to make the cities better for everyone.

Speakers include:

- Liane Hartley, director at Mend and founder of Urbanistas

- Miffa Salter, facilitator, trainer and executive coach at Urbancanda

- Francesca Perry, commissioning and community editor, Cities Guardian News & Media

- Sarah Cary, head of sustainable places at British Land

- Finn Williams, regeneration area manager at Greater London Authority

- Leo Hollis, author of Cities are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis

- Chair: Rachel Fisher, head of policy at the National Housing Federation and co-director of Urbanista

Costs: £10 + VAT 

Tickets include a welcome wine or beer at 26 Food + Drink, The Building Centre’s new café. Why not pop in a bit earlier and have an early dinner?

This event is supported by The Built Environment Trust.