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£100,000 award honours urban design pioneer Jacobs

The Rockefeller Foundation in the US has announced the creation of a $200,000 (£100,000) award, to be called the Jane Jacobs Medal, which will recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to thinking about urban design.

The medal - which will focus specifically, but not exclusively, on work in New York City - will be dished out annually to two people: one who has made a lifetime contribution and another who is at the start of a promising career.

Jacobs (pictured) - who died last year and was a towering figure in urban design circles - was a young unknown in 1958 when she received a $10,000 grant from the foundation to write what would become her world-famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

New Yorker architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, who is on the jury for the medal, said: 'Jane Jacobs's way of seeing things has really held sway over the last 20 years, and that's all to the good.'

Nominations for the awards can be submitted via the Rockefeller Foundation Web site until 2 March at www.rockfound.org.

by Ed Dorrell

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