Elihu Rubin’s book on the Prudential Center wins two major prizes

Elihu Rubin, assistant professor of urbanism at the Yale School of Architecture, has received two awards for his book “Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape.”

Published by Yale University Press in 2012, “Insuring the City” won the Kenneth Jackson Prize for Best Book on a North American topic from the Urban History Association (UHA) and the Lewis Mumford Award for Best Book from the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH).

In its citation, the UHA stated that “Rubin offers a surprisingly broad reinterpretation of urban renewal in the automobile age.” The SACRPH praised the book for its “new and provocative ways to think about the role of private corporations in post-war urban planning and redevelopment efforts.”