On December 7, Theatrum Mundi will launch the first of four film screenings and panel discussions on the “Quito Papers” in Paris, France. With the support of the Kaifeng Foundation and in partnership with UN Habitat, NYU and LSE Cities, “The Quito Papers: towards an open city” will subsequently feature events in London (31 January 2017), Beijing (25 February 2017), and New York (TBC, April 2017). The series will include the premiere of a film commissioned to document the ideas put forward by the Papers and be followed by panel discussions with, among others, the papers’ authors: Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Richard Sennett (New York University & LSE). The launch in Paris is supported by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme under the Global Cities chair, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal and the City of Paris, where the papers’ authors will be joined by Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Urban Planning, Architecture, Grand Paris projects, Economic Development and Attractiveness.
Justin McGuirk discusses the rise in commonly owned spaces in his piece ‘Urban commons have radical potential – it’s not just about community gardens’.
The Designing the Urban Commons Exhibition showcases winning proposals from the ideas competition organised by Theatrum Mundi and runs from Monday 15 June to Monday 13 June in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE.
Theatrum Mundi will host a public screening of an Alexander Kluge film, “Grapes of Truth”, along with a post-film programme from Sunday 10 August 2014. On Monday 11, three panels on The Principle of Religion, The Principle of Capitalism and The Principle of the City, will feature discussions with Richard Sennett – Professor of Sociology, LSE and Founder, Theatrum Mundi, Chris Fujiwara – Edinburgh International Film Festival Director, Saskia Sassen – Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, Rowan Williams – former Archbishop of Canterbury, Angela Zito – New York University Professor of Anthropology, Paola Subacchi, Research Director in International Economics at Chatham House, Robert Skidelsky – Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University.
In partnership with the Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Theatrum Mundi hosted a public screening of new films by Alexander Kluge on cities, religion and capitalism, along with a post-film programme in Berlin. A group of early career scholars and practitioners met along side the public programme to discuss the themes emerging from the films and panel discussions.
Theatrum Mundi, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, New York, has launched a “Designing for Free Speech” challenge. The challenge asks architects, designers, activists, artists — and anyone interested in imagining new spaces in the city for free expression — to identify public spaces in New York City and propose re-designs that transform them into places that activate the rights enshrined in the First Amendment.
Applicants will propose architectural or performative designs (temporary or permanent) that transform spaces in New York City into places for public “demonstration.” This challenge is about re-imagining and idealizing existing spaces that have the potential for animating the public, especially spaces that are not traditionally considered in this frame.
For more information please visit the project website: www.designingforfreespeech.org
On 13 July Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen spoke at the Berliner Festspiele, a two day cooperation between Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Entitled ‘The Bet – a study on doubt, contingency and meaning in economy and society’, the weekend of performances merged theatre, art and theory. For more information click here.
Theatrum Mundi project, ‘Spaces-in-Between: The City Becoming’, is featured in Icon Magazine’s upcoming issue July 2013. ‘Spaces-in-Between: The City Becoming’ was a six-day ideas camp in Copenhagen’s temporary structure, the Dome of Visions that sought to transform and rethink in-between spaces in the city. For more information click here.
On Sunday 2 June at the Southbank Centre, Richard Sennett discussed his recent book, ‘Together’, as part of the London Lit Festival 13. ‘Together’ argues that co-operation needs more than good will – it is a craft that requires skill.
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From 29 May – 12 June, London based orgaisation Zamyn host their biennial Cultural Forum. International figures from politics, business, academia and the arts will converge to debate the movement of people, resources, cultural artefacts and capital across borders, and the challenges of economic and environmental sustainability.
Richard Sennett discussed whether there is a global democracy of scholarship, or a corporatisation of ‘banks’ of knowledge on Monday 3 June, and Saskia Sassen discussed The Foreigner: Exiles and migrants on Wednesday 29th May, both at the Tate Modern.
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The RIBA’s landmark exhibition, Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect, opened in May, celebrating the work of former Cities Programme lecturer Charles Correa. The exhibition is accompanied by a season of talks and events, ‘Out of India’, exploring stories and influences from modern urban India. For full details on the exhibition and talks, visit the RIBA website.
As part of the programme of accompanying events, Richard Sennett joined Charles Correa in conversation with Joseph Rykwer to discuss the continuing relevance and value of symbols as an element of contemporary design. Saskia Sassen and Tony Travers joined a panel discussion on the 28 May about the Indian metropolis in the twenty first century.