‘Poiesis’ Symposium: Can there be urban democracy by design?

26 July 2012

In a plenary session on 26 July at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, as part of the three-day ‘Poiesis: Interdisciplinary Interventions on Urban Transformation’ symposium, Professors Ricky Burdett (LSE), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Richard Sennett (NYU/LSE) together with architect Michael Arad (Handel Architects) discussed whether ‘Urban Democracy by Design?’ was a fruitful notion.

The Poiesis symposium is the culmination of a three year research project on the making and remaking of cities led by Richard Sennett and Craig Calhoun in partnership with the Herbert Quandt and Gerda Henkel Foundations. Over three days, the international, interdisciplinary, group of scholars and practitioners involved in the project – from architects and filmmakers to physicists, sociologists and lawyers – will be convened by Cambridge geographer Ash Amin to discuss the future city.