At the UN “Habitat” Conference, which took place in Vancouver, Canada in 1976 – a year after C.A. Doxiadis’ death – Jacky [Tyrwhitt] participated in the Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGO) Forum as representative of ACE and consultant editor of its journal EKISTICS, but like all of us, also as a member of the WSE, an NGO accredited to the UN. Gwen Bell and Rebecca Ruopp Packard, then editor and assistant editor of the journal, were also there. They came bearing printed “T” shirts with the name of EKISTICS on the front and the statement “I am an Anthropos” on the back. Jacky was delighted with the idea and was the first to wear it, circulating among the young participants at the Forum. [excerpt from Panayis Psomopoulos' "Jacky and the World Society for Ekistics," Ekistics 314/315, 1985 ]
Undoubtedly, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt was one of the last Moderns. She worked willingly as the ‘woman behind the man’ – notably as a disciple of Patrick Geddes, translator and editor of Sigfried Giedion, and collaborator of Constantinos Doxiadis. In doing so she extended their influence greatly and shaped the work of many people.
Moreover, as the aforementioned anecdote recounts, Jacky was committed to the socio-ecological objectives of Ekistics and she would do anything to get the message through, even wearing a logo T-shirt at an official UN summit! Challenging, effective, and with a dose of naivety, was modernity once.
As Crimson eloquently declare for their forthcoming exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia, “We want architecture to re-engage with the banality of urban planning, as a force for the good.”
Read: Ellen Shoshkes, “Jaqueline Tyrwhitt: a founding mother of modern urban design”