The article explore the process of commoning of public land in the city by using the commoning of urban data mediated by collaborative mapping. From the examination of two case-studies in Berlin and in New York City, I draw some lessons about the wider phenomenon of commoning the city, from data to physical space.
In its map exploration, the Transformap collective has collected over 200 maps, but also atlases. An atlas lists, hopefully displays, maps. In our TransforMap inventory, we have marked them as ‘Meta’. Here are some pages that point to interesting maps. Some* do it beautifully. English-speaking Shareable’s community maps. Those 72 maps focus on sharing and […]Read more "A geography of alternatives: Atlas"
[Post originally published for SEISMIC blog] Alternative forms of production and consumption are a hot topic in urban research. Cities are the breeding grounds for a wealth of bottom-up initiatives that try to establish fairer and more sustainable models. Researchers try to keep up with this transformation, but aside from the remarkable work of the […]Read more "Crowd-mapping: a tool for action research"
This post reflect findings from Stephanie Jakubowsi’s Master Thesis. She analyzed the co-working spaces Thinkfarm and Grünhof (Freiburg) using participant observation and semi-structured interviews with the founders/initiators of the two initiatives. She examined the topics of work organization and structures, shared values, common goods and infrastructure as well as alternative decision-making process. This master thesis […]Read more "Thinkfarm Berlin: redefining co-working as a commoning practice"
On May 13th I presented in the trans>>lab colloquium what I am working on in the exciting field of Environmental Psychology. Here is a short summary of the topic I am interested in. Thanks to the colloquium members and guests we had quite some inspiring discussions. I tried to incorporate the questions that came up […]Read more "Sufficiency… what? A psychological view"
Because it deals with socio-ecological systems, achieving urban sustainability is complex. Not only there are no one-size-fits-all, but the scope of social and institutional change required to actually address the challenge of making cities truly sustainable for all disqualifies top-down, command-and-control system. Research is increasingly showing that polycentric and adaptive governance systems that are capable […]Read more "Digital commons for an urban transition towards sustainability"