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How Should Cities Grow?
Richard Sennett

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  • Thursday 16 June 2016, 6.30PM to 7:20pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this event has now been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Richard Sennett discusses the future challenges for cities in light of environmental crises, the uses of technology and big data, and the challenge of social inclusion.

Richard, of New York University and the London School of Economics, co-chairs the New Charter of Athens project which will feed into the United Nation’s Habitat III environmental congress in 2016. The New Charter of Athens is preparing a manifesto about the design of cities which addresses issues emerging in the 21st century. It aims to replace the guidance given by Le Corbusier and others nearly a century ago in a document they called The Charter of Athens.

Join us for the Centre for Urban Research (CURB) Annual Public Lecture to learn more about the manifesto which will lead global debates about how design can help to create more socially just and liveable cities.

About the speaker

Richard Sennett was born in Chicago in 1943. He grew up in the Cabrini Green Housing Project, one of the first racially-mixed public housing projects in the United States. At the age of six he began to study the piano and the cello, eventually working with Frank Miller of the Chicago Symphony and Claus Adam of the Julliard Quartet.

He trained at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University, receiving his PhD in 1969. He then moved to New York where he co-founded The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.

In the 1980s he served as an advisor to UNESCO and as President of the American Council on Work; he also taught occasionally at Harvard. In the mid 1990s he began to divide his time between New York University and the London School of Economics, where he is a Professor of Sociology. He is also visiting Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University. Author of many books on cities, the body and contemporary capitalism, he is currently writing Making and Dwelling, a book about open systems and urban design.

Centre for Urban Research (CURB)

CURB was created in order to bring together key academics with established profiles in urban research and analysis at the University of York. Instigated at a time of major social upheaval and crisis that is already impacting upon urban centres and populations globally, CURB aligns critical urban research with advanced teaching on cities. For more information visit CURB on the University of York website.

 Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this event has now been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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