25 Jul 2012 - 27 Jul 2012 All day CRASSH and Christ's College



Ash Amin (1931 Chair in Geography, University of Cambridge)


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. Combining plenaries, workshops and roundtable discussions, the symposium will debate the salience of reading the city from its physical and cultural infrastructures, the potential of urban democracy 'by design', and the implications of comprehensive urbanism for social thought and political practice. In addition to the aforementioned, and those on the programme for the  public events, other leading figures addressing these and other questions include the following:



Nerea Calvillo (Principal, C+ Arquitectos)
Naresh Fernandes (Editor in Chief, Time Out India)
Orit Halpern (Committee for Historical Studies, New School for Social Research)
Monika Krause (Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent)
Clapperton Mavhunga (Assistant Professor, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jessie LeCavalier (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Michael McQuarrie (Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of California-Davis)
Wolfgang Pietsch (Research Assistant, Philosophy of Science, Technical University of Munich)
Cassim Shepard (Director, Urban Omnibus)
Jurgen Chrobog (Chairman of the Board of Directors, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt State Secretary (retired))
Peter Claussen (Academic Consultant and Eco-Farmer, Former Director of BMW Plant Leipzig)
Jessica Coffey (Administrator, Institute for Public Knowledge)
Michael Hanssler (Chair of the Executive Board, Gerda Henkel Foundation
Barbara Mueller (Head of Communications and Media, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt)






The conveners are grateful for the support of BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge.


Administrative assistance:
Michelle Maciejewska (Fellowships and Programmes Manager, CRASSH)


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk