NYU's Richard Sennett Wins Germany's Tessenow Medal for Work On Urban Culture and Public Space


New York University Professor Richard Sennett has been named the winner of the 2009 Heinrich Tessenow Medal for his work in the areas of urban culture and public space. Since its inception in 1963, the medal had been awarded exclusively to architects and designers. Sennett, a sociologist, is the author of several works, including The Craftsman (2008), which explores artisans across different historical periods.

New York University Professor Richard Sennett
New York University Professor Richard Sennett

New York University Professor Richard Sennett has been named the winner of the 2009 Heinrich Tessenow Medal for his work in the areas of urban culture and public space. Since its inception in 1963, the medal had been awarded exclusively to architects and designers. Sennett, a sociologist, is the author of several works, including The Craftsman (2008), which explores artisans across different historical periods.

Established by Hamburg’s Alfred Toepfer Foundation, the prize honors Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950), a German architect, professor, and urban planner during the Weimar period. The medal was created “to honor people who have achieved distinction in craft and industrial form-making and in the teaching of the culture of living and building, and who have through their life’s work acted in the spirit of Heinrich Tessenow.” The Heinrich Tessenow Society will award Sennett the medal at a February 26 ceremony in Berlin.

A renowned social critic, Sennett is the author of: The Culture of th 500

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