Date(s) - 13-jan 2016
20:00 - 22:00
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Wednesday 13th of January, Tracy Metz speaks with world-famous sociologist Richard Sennett about the gentrification and unaffordable housing in London. The city is paying the price of its own success with rampant gentrification and a housing market that only the rich can afford. They are not buying a house, but a fancy address and a place to invest their money. With David Madden (Cities Program, London School of Economics) and Fred Schoorl (head of the BNA) as commentator.
Richard Sennett is due to health reasons not able to fly. We hope to meet him per skype so he can virtually be there for a part of the evening.
Richard Sennett is one of the most well-known sociologists in the world. He writes about cities, labor, and culture. He teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics. Sennett is currently writing “Making and Dwelling”, a book about open systems and urban design.
David Madden is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. His research concentrates around gentrification, how this changes public space and how the comodification of real estate in the city causes inequality. In 2016 a book on this topic will be published, ‘In Defence of Housing: The politics of crisis’, that he co-wrote with Peter Marcuse.
Fred Schoorl has worked in the fields of planning, housing and architecture. He authored the national policy document Belvedere, on the incorporation of heritage in new buildings and urban planning, and was also strategy director of a major Dutch social housing company based in Amsterdam. He is currently the director of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects.
hEyU! Urbans London is part of the talkshow series hEyU! EUrban of the Public Library of Amsterdam in which journalist Tracy Metz interviews six prominent urban thinkers about urgent urban issues in six cities: London, Athens, Tallinn, Barcelona, Istanbul and Amsterdam. More information and tickets: oba.amsterdam