Tuesday Talks - Rob Imrie, Goldsmiths
Rob Imrie from Goldsmiths will be joining us to discuss 'The Lonely City': Urban Infrastructure and the Problem of Loneliness.
The contemporary city is characterised by the design and construction of places that seem to be rendered placeless, devoid of social and cultural referents or distinctive place making features. New eco-cities and city centre property-led regeneration are re-shaping urban areas as quasi-private spaces, de-collectivised zones that are highly controlled, and controlling, forms of socialisation and sociability. The design of cities is in danger of (re) producing what Simmel (1903) described as ‘the merciless separation of space’ that may heighten people’s distancing from one another and be part of a broader trend of a loss of community and an increase in loneliness in contemporary urban society. This presentation considers the veracity of such observations in the context of policy claims about the contributions of design to health, wellbeing, and happiness, and evaluates how far the re-design of urban space is implicated in (re) producing ‘lonely places’ and loneliness in cities.
Rob Imrie is a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London and he has written extensively on design issues relating to urban regeneration, urban policy, architecture and regulation, and disability, design and the built environment.
Start Date: 6th February 2018 17:45 pm
End Date: 6th February 2018 18:30 pm
Location: 78 Chamber St, Whitechapel, London E1 8BL (Get Directions)