As part of the Month of Urban Design, on 24 November the lecture Interiority and the Open City by Richard Sennett takes place.
The relationship between the Open City and Interiority is challenging urban design: Could we serve all people in our hyperdiverse cities by introducing specific qualities of interiority in our public spaces while designing for the open city? This lecture brings together two lines of reasoning in the eminent career of Richard Sennett; those on the open city and those on interiority. In their intertwining, the two perspectives help to understand the design affordances in public spaces for very different and overlapping social groups, while not dismissing urban designers from approaching public spaces as places for all and for unexpected encounters. The lecture moves away from pure spatial considerations to the relations between subjectivity, public life, and productive activity.
The lecture is organized by Maurice Harteveld, Section of Urban Design, Department of Urbanism.
Richard Sennet is Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the United Nations on the Council on Urban Initiatives. He is Senior Fellow at the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University, Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at MIT and Chair for Theatrum Mundi.
Previously, he founded the New York Institute for the Humanities, taught at New York University and at the London School of Economics, and served as President of the American Council on Work.
Over the course of the last five decades, he has written about social life in cities, changes in labour, and social theory. His books include The Hidden Injuries of Class, The Fall of Public Man, The Corrosion of Character, The Culture of the New Capitalism, The Craftsman, and Building and Dwelling.
Among other awards, he has received the Hegel Prize, the Spinoza Prize, an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University.