Perspectives on Commons and Culture in the City

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* Book: Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture. European Cultural Foundation, 2015

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"Published in the frame of ECF's Idea Camp 2015, Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture rediscovers, reframes and reconsiders previously published historical, artistic, participatory and theoretical perspectives on the subject by a wide variety of authors from different geographical and professional backgrounds.

This publication presents a range of texts, studies, interviews and cultural examples of what we see happening in our cities and their wider regions across Europe: a powerful bottom-up movement led by citizens themselves, developing new participatory democratic practices that shape our cities and empower us to govern them in a different, collaborative way.

Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture is a special collaboration between Krytyka Polityczna, the European Cultural Foundation and ECF Labs, with Subtopia (Sweden), Les Tetes de l’Art (France), Oberliht (Moldova), Culture2Commons (Croatia) and Platoniq (Spain), partners in our action-research network: Connected Action for the Commons." (


  • Agnieszka Wiśniewska, Culture WITH People, Not Just FOR People!
  • Charlie Tims, A Rough Guide to the Commons: Who Likes It and Who Doesn’t
  • Dougald Hine, Friendship is a Commons (excerpt)
  • El Buen Vivir and the Commons: A Conversation Between Gustavo Soto Santiesteban and Silke Helfrich (excerpts)
  • Ugo Mattei, The State, the Market and Some Preliminary Questions about the Commons (excerpts)
  • Christian Siefkes, The Boom of Commons-based Peer Production (excerpts)
  • Dimitris Parsanoglou, Nicos Trimikliniotis, Vassilis Tsianos, Mobile Commons, Migrant Digitalities and the Right to the City (excerpts)
  • James Bridle, All Cameras are Police Cameras
  • Carlos Delclós, Class Discourse in the Metropolis
  • Dan Hancox, How to Stop Gentrification in London: What We Can Learn from Spain’s New Rebel Mayors
  • Charlie Tims, Watching Radical Democracy
  • Dougald Hine, Commoning in the City
  • Adrien Krauz, Transition Towns, Or the Desire for an Urban Alternative
  • Nikos A. Salingaros and Federico Mena-Quintero, A Brief History of P2P Urbanism (excerpts)
  • Richard Sennett, Stimulating Dissonances Tessy Britton, Creative and Collaborative
  • Neal Gorenflo, Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning
  • Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou, R-URBAN or How to Co-produce a Resilient City (1st excerpt)
  • Noel Hatch, From Lamp Posts to Phone Booths: Using Technology to create Civic Spaces
  • Pelin Tan, The Civic Public as a Constellation
  • Vitalie Sprinceana, The City Belongs to Everybody: Claiming Public Spaces in Chisinau
  • Vladimir Us, Chisinau Civic Center (excerpts)
  • Igor Stokfiszewski, Culture for Democracy: A Central European Perspective
  • Isabelle Frémeaux and John Jordan in conversation with Rob Hopkins, Isabelle Frémeaux, John Jordan and the Rise of the Insurrectionary Imagination

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Not Sustainable Development but Sustainable Co-living

  • Excerpt from a speech given by Madjiguène Cissé on the occasion of her receipt of the Wilhelmine von Bayreuth Prize 2011
  • Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou, R-URBAN or How to Co-produce a Resilient City (2nd excerpt)
  • Carmen Lozano-Bright, Kicking Off a Year of “P2P Plazas” Research and Cartography
  • Carmen Lozano-Bright, Between Random and Democratic Practices: The Commons Board Game
  • Claudia Ciobanu, From Public Space to Common Good: Poland’s Urban Political Activism
  • Sophie Bloemen, A Commons-Intergroup Takes Off in the EU Parliament (excerpt)
  • Julie Ward MEP, Reclaiming the Commons through Culture and Arts
  • Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe, Culture Hunters
  • Philippe Eynaud and Sam Khebizi, Participatory Art as a Vector of Innovative Governance: Reflexivity at the Heart of the Formalisation Process
  • Katarina Pavić, New Models of Governance of Culture