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Distance and cities: where do we stand?

Panel discussion of the Writing Cities series hosted by LSE Cities

This panel discussion examined the concept of distance when writing about cities. How does this concept remain relevant to urban disciplines? And how does it both inform and limit research on cities?

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  • Gerald Frug

    Gerald Frug

    Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

  • Asher Ghertner

    Asher Ghertner is a lecturer in human geography at LSE.

  • Patrik Schumacher

    Patrik Schumacher is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and founding director at the AA Design Research Lab.

  • Richard Sennett

    Richard Sennett

    Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. His research interests include the relationship between urban design and urban society, urban family patterns, the urban welfare system, the history of cities and the changing nature of work. His books include The Craftsman (2008), The Culture of the New Capitalism (Yale, 2006), Respect: The Formation of Character in an Age of Inequality (Penguin, 2003), The Corrosion of Character (1998), Flesh and Stone (1994) and The Fall of Public Man (1977). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Academia Europea. He is past President of the American Council on Work and the former Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Recent honours and awards include The Schocken Prize, 2011; Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University, 2010; The Spinoza Prize, 2010; The Tessenow Prize, 2009; The Gerda Henkel Prize, 2008; The European Craft Prize, 2008; and The Hegel Prize, 2006.

  • Fran Tonkiss

    Fran Tonkiss

    Fran Tonkiss is Professor of Sociology at LSE.

  • Larry Vale

    Larry Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT.

  • Justin McGuirk

    Justin McGuirk

    Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, and the design consultant to Domus.