“There is, in effect, a social practice of commoning… At the heart of the practice of commoning lies the principle that the relation between the social group and that aspect of the environment being treated as a common shall be collective and non-commodified – off-limits to the logic of market exchange and market valuations”
Rebel Cities, David Harvey, p 73
For all those planning to enter the competition or simply interested in how commoning can take place in the city, we offer some valuable links and readings.
Designing the Urban Commons: Lessons from the Field
The competition launched on 25th March with an evening of provocations and discussion. We strongly encourage anyone considering entering the competition to, as well as all those concerned by the disappearance of spaces for common interest in London, to listen to, download, and share the recording of the event.
As part of the programme accompanying the competition, Theatrum Mundi welcomed Professor Ash Amin to give a public lecture at LSE Cities on Tuesday 21st April on research carried out in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where inhabitants of favelas deprived of formal infrastructure communally co-construct supplies of water, electricity and sanitation.
On the Commons: A Public Interview with Massimo De Angelis and Stavros Stavrides, e-flux (2009)
Make_Shift City, Francesca Ferguson (ed) (2014)
Urban Commons, Uncube Magazine (2014)
Make City Berlin, festival of architecture and urban alternatives (2015)
The Field New Cross, New Cross Commoners
Common land and village greens (2014), gov.uk
Federation of Cumbrian Commoners
Commonwealth, Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri (2009)
Governing the Commons, Elinor Ostrom (1991)
Stop, Thief!, Peter Linebaugh (2014)
Urban Commons: Rethinking the City, Christian Borch & Martin Kornberger (eds) (2015)
10 Stories of Collective Housing, a+t research group (2013)
Handmade Urbanism, Marcos Rosa & Ute Weiland (2013)