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20 March 2019

The Narratives of Homo Faber

Conversation between Richard Sennet and Carles Muro

Richard Sennett

US sociologist talked about the ideas raised by his Homo Faber trilogy, now complete with the last instalment, Building and Dwelling. Ethics for the City

After the first book, The Craftsman (2008), which explored manual work, and Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation (2012), which analysed communication and cooperative skills, in the final book, Building and Dwelling. Ethics for the City (2018), Sennett rethinks cities and proposes new urban ethics.

In this conversation, which took place at the CCCB in March 2019 as part of the opening of the Kosmopolis 2019 literature festival, Sennett addressed different aspects of cities, urbanism and inequalities. He analysed the impact of global capitalism on the homogenisation of cities and new technologies as one more way of standardising life. He also talked about coexistence and the relationship with the other, and was sceptical of the ability of architecture and urbanism to mitigate problems of inequality originating in capitalism. 

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