Friends of MICD,
This week brought us the sad news that one of MICD’s founders, Jaquelin Taylor Robertson, passed away at age 87. His legacy as an architect, designer, and champion of the public realm is enormous.
It's more obvious than ever that a vibrant public realm (which we're all missing so dearly) is a critical element of our shared humanity. Jaque understood that city building is never neutral: that every building, every piece of infrastructure, every policy, and every decision a leader makes either contributes positively to a city or harms it. As we start turn our attention to a safe, just, and equitable recovery from COVID-19, new questions have emerged that require thoughtful leadership. At MICD, we are developing new programming to address these challenges, and we are doing it with an eye towards the intentions at the very core of our founding: that the leaders of our nation’s cities hold the keys to the success of our cities for decades to come, and that the decisions we make today have a direct impact on the lives of our residents. It is no small task. And as always, we stand ready to help.
For now, we hope the tribute below helps you carry on Jaque's legacy during, and past, the current moment.
Mayors' Institute on City Design