Becoming Jane Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania Press), a new book by Dr. Peter L. Laurence MArch ’99, was featured in the November issue of The Atlantic. Nathaniel Rich described it as “a close, vivid study of Jacobs’s intellectual development.” In September, economist Tyler Cowen wrote that Becoming Jane Jacobs was “definitely one of the best books of the year.” In addition to press coverage, Peter has recently spoken and been invited to speak about his book and research, and to participate in symposia and master-classes, at the Technological University of Delft; Cooper Union; UC Berkeley Center for New Media; San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association; the Eldridge Street Museum in NYC; the Boston College Carroll School of Management; University of Virginia School of Architecture; and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Becoming Jane Jacobs, which highlights the great urbanist’s debut at the 1956 Harvard Urban Design Conference, started as Peter’s Master’s thesis at the GSD in 1999. For more information visit Peter is now the Robert Mills Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Clemson University School of Architecture.

November 2016