ARGUS, the Architecture student association of the TU Delft, invites lecturers and panel members to join the 2017 Night of Philosophy, centered around the theme of collective identity in the contemporary city.

The concept 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 redefining the ways in which the individual city dweller can interact and establish networks, not only locally but with the whole world. Global populatation displacement has led to shifts in the composition and homogeneity of contemporary cities, especially in European urban centres. On the one had, cultural negotiation and exchanges turn these into multicultural and diverse spaces. On the other hand, cultural differences between different groups can lead to irreparable conflict and problematise dialogue. How should the built environment respond? How can we make an ever-shifting and fragmented collective recognise the same space as their own?

Speakers: Fenneke Wekker, Elma van Boxel (ZUS), Richard Sennett and Charlie Koolhaas. Moderator: Carola Hein.


  • 18:30 Thursday Bite (order separately at the bar or in advance)
  • 20:00 Lectures
  • 21:00 Break
  • 21:30 Panel Discussion
  • 22:30 Drinks

More information and updates about the evening.

ARGUS has a collaboration with RAM.

19:30 – 23:00
also this evening

Museum open until 21:00

The New Haberdashery open until 21:00

Study Centre open until 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Regular€ 7,50
Argus members€ 4,00
Students€ 5,00