Friday, October 12, 2012
Move: Theatrum Mundi / Global Street
Organized by Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought
Presence and Absence in the City
The overall theme turns on the difference between absence and presence in the city. This difference lies both physically—who is actually on the street?; and perceptually—how are people aware of others, accounting or discounting their presence in urban space? How are those considered invisible or inconsequential enabled to ‘make presence’ in urban space—through their bodies, actions, activities. We want to account the roles of technological, trade, design, and politics in constructing presence and absence; finally, we want to pose questions about how to arouse people to want more engagement with one another, rather than retreat into isolation.
4:30pm – 6:00pm
This session’s theme is about how streets can be brought to life—but the theme is addressed in a special way: what lessons can urbanists learn from the performing arts, whose business is arousing people, about making more engaging, arousing streets?
Chair: Shamus Khan
Panelists: Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer, Elizabeth Diller, Andrew Todd