About [Us]: Architecture and Collective Identity in the Contemporary City
ARGUS, the Architecture student association of the TU Delft, invites lecturers and panel members to join the 2017 Night of Philosophy, About [Us], centered around the theme of collective identity in the contemporary city.
The idea of collective identity in the contemporary city has no simple definition in today’s fragmented and interconnected world, being constantly reshaped by factors such as new forms of media, hypermobility, multiculturalism and diversity. Communication technology is under constant advancements and the individual of a city can now not only interact and establish a network with the people of his street or neighbourhood, but with the whole world. Displacement of population on a global level has led to shifts in the composition and homogeneity of contemporary cities, especially European urban centers. On one side, cultural negotiation and exchanges turn them into multicultural and diverse spaces. On the other hand, cultural differences between different groups can lead to irreparable conflict and the impossibility of dialogue.
How should the built environment respond to all of these questions? How to make an ever shifting and fragmented collective recognize the same space as their own, where people can interact and relate to each other? One wonders whether, under these circumstances, it is still possible to maintain a single shared and acknowledged realm.
18:30 Thursday Bite
20:45 Group discussions
21:30 Discussion with speakers and pannel