Richard Sennett


Most known for studies of social ties in cities.


  • Born on January 1st 1943.
  • His background: Russian.
  • Grew up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Hobbies: Writing music, playing cello, and changing the world.


  • Harvard University Ph.D 1964
  • University of Chicago BA. 1964
  • The Juilliard School of Music 1961

He played the cello at Juilliard. He studied history, sociology, philosophy in the other universities.


  • University Professor of the Humanities at NYU
  • Professor of Sociology in the London School of economics and Political Science
  • Chair, Theatren Mudi
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge
  • Senior Fellow at Columbia University

Who is Richard Sennett?

  • 1st Founder of NY Institute for the Humanities
  • President of American Council work
  • For the past three decades, Consulate for United Nations
  • Created Theatrum Mundi

His books…

  • The Craftsman
  • Families Against Injuries of Class
  • The Fall of Public Man
  • The Corrosion of the New Capitalism
  • Together
  • Building and Dwelling
  • And many more books and articles

Main Message…

Regarding Urban living and communities: He works on modern society, working classes, modern capitalism, and many more topics revolving around shaping the world into a better place.


“The pleasures of relaxed chat of casual conversations encouraged the ethnographer in everyone.”


  • Hegel Prize
  • Spinoza Prize
  • Honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge
  • Centennial Medal from Harvard University

His Work…

His main goal in his work is to create ‘Open Cities’ in the world were the people get to create the shape of the city that embraces dynamic characters of it. He is evolving the design of the ‘Open Cities’ through streets, walls, parks, and every areas in a city so make it more unique and modern. Instead of closed-in cities, he wants to continue creating open cities.


“The ‘Closed City’ can be designed and operated top-down. It is a city which belongs to the masters.

The ‘Open City’ is a bottom-up place. It belongs to the people.”download