Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City - Panel Discussion

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To mark the release of Professor Richard Sennett's new publication Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Southwark Cathedral and publisher Penguin Random House are delighted to host a panel discussion looking at how cities are built and how people live in them.

To mark the release of Professor Richard Sennett's new publication Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Southwark Cathedral and publisher Penguin Random House are delighted to host a panel discussion looking at how cities are built and how people live in them.

Chaired by the Revd Canon Giles Goddard, Vicar at St John's Waterloo our panel features some of London's leading thinkers on the urban enviroment, Professor Richard Sennett, Mike Hayes and Noha Nasser. Please join us for what should be a fascinating discussion on the future of thriving 'open' cities.

Revd Canon Giles Goddard (Chair)

GIles is the Vicar at St John's Waterloo. He is an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and on the Board of Operation Noah and Inclusive Church. He set up InSpire, a centre for learning, arts and community at St Peter’s, Walworth, and has degrees in theology from Cambridge University and King’s College London. Before ordination he was Director of a housing association in South London.

Professor Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett's previous books include The Fall of Public Man, Flesh and Stone and Respect, as well as the two previous volumes in his Homo Faber trilogy, The Craftsmanand Together. He was founder director of the New York Institute for the Humanities and now teaches urban studies at the London School of Economics and at Harvard University, and researches labor relations in Columbia University's Center for Capitalism and Society. He has won the Amalfi and Ebert prizes for sociology and in 2006 was awarded the Hegel Prize by the City of Stuttgart.

His latest publication Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City is a sweeping study which traces the often anguished relation between how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai. Richard Sennett shows how Paris, Barcelona and New York City assumed their modern forms; rethinks the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and others; and takes us on a tour of emblematic contemporary locations, from the backstreets of Medellín, Colombia, to the Google headquarters in Manhattan. Through it all, he shows how the 'closed city' - segregated, regimented, and controlled - has spread from the global North to the exploding urban agglomerations of the global South. As an alternative, he argues for the 'open city,' where citizens actively hash out their differences and planners experiment with urban forms that make it easier for residents to cope. Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment - a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before - Building and Dwelling draws on Sennett's deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes is a consultant urban planner with extensive experience in the public sector in the United Kingdom. As a senior manager and organisation/departmental head he has led the process of urban planning, design, regeneration and development at regional, city and neighbourhood levels. His work has involved leading the development of strategies for delivering urban projects and inspiring commitment to deliver urban renewal.

Mike has been Director of Planning (or equivalent) through periods of considerable change in two major UK cities, Liverpool and Glasgow. He has delivered regeneration programmes in the heart of London and re-engineered the spatial vision of smaller communities. He has led a government sponsored development agency working across three diverse towns being prepared for major expansion and he is an accredited neighbourhood plan examiner. Using all this experience Mike now advises clients in the public and private sectors on spatial planning, regeneration and development.

Dr Noha Nasser

Noha Nasser is an architect and academic with an interest in the influence of culture on urban form and design. Her doctoral thesis examined the historical and cultural processes attributed to Islam-dominant dynasties in the development of the walled city of Cairo. These processes were re-considered in light of the degradation of historic Cairo due to a lack of conservation planning and unchecked heritage tourism to provide a framework for urban regeneration. Noha continues to work at a post-doctoral level on the changing urban morphology of British cities.

As a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Noha organized a transatlantic conference on Islamizing the Cosmopolis and more recently she has widened her research to examine other UK-based minority cultures and their adaptations of urban spaces through community-led consultancy projects. In addition to her membership of the Urban Morphology Research Group (UMRG) Noha is a member of the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF), and along with other artists, architects and urban designers in the MELA design group Noha leads the way in creating rich contextual opportunities for community led collaboration to create great urban spaces.