Category for city-related pages, urbanism, architectural trends.
See our P2P Foundation report:
- Changing Societies through Urban Commons Transitions. By Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros. P2P Foundation and Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2017
We also particularly appreciate the P2P-Urbanism approach taken by Nikos Salingaros, Gruppo Salingaros and other bio-urbanist friends.
- Prototype for Open Source Urbanism: must-read landmark essay by Alberto Corsin Jimenez , on how our cities are changing in the p2p urbanism era, with an in-depth case study of Madrid.
- The City as a Commons. By Sheila Foster and Christian Iaione. Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2016
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Sharing Cities and Regions
- 3 Maps
- 4 Citations
- 5 Key Resources
Gonzalo Jose Lopez :
"In computer science, the term “peer-to-peer” refers to a network formed by a series of nodes that behave as equal to each other, acting both as clients and servers for the other network nodes, allowing direct exchange of information.
This is a theoretical movement, emerged from informal settlements and self-constructed architecture, considering these processes as beneficial for the evolution of the urban environment and returning to the user the participation and the decision making power that was lost.
It tries to accommodate the different practices that are currently appearing in the urban discipline, some of which I have spoken here before, as the tactical urbanism, the spontaneous city or crowdfunding, among others.
All of them based on a horizontal urbanism, bottom-up projects, with the common feature of requiring the commitment and participation of citizens involved in the process."
"In Urbanism, the application of this term has led to a movement that draws on the principles of open source and is defined in 5 points:
1. The human being has the right to choose the built environment in which to live.
2. All citizens should have access to information regarding their environment in order to engage in processes of decision making.
3. Users should participate in all levels of co-design and construction of their city.
4. P2P Urbanism practitioners are committed to spreading knowledge about open source technologies and theories.
5. The owners of the built environment should be able to implement the development of knowledge, skills and practices on it."
"The idea that like natural resources/commons the city can not just be over-consumed but also unjustly consumed. The commons is a way to call attention to this and to describe not just a practice of commoning (cooperatives, co-managed space and collaborative produced goods, etc) but also a prescriptive or normative claim about who has access to resources and how those resources are allocated, as well as how who decides. Thus, the commons describes the city itself as both a collective resources in terms of distributive concerns but also as a political and economic entity that needs to be managed differently.
The analogy I tried to draw in the Huff Post piece is with the natural commons. The concern is not just that natural resources (our collective good) is being overconsumed but that also it is being unjustly consumed, as in the case of developed countries and the "ecological debt" they owe to developing countries. In the same way, the city is being unjustly consumed by economic elites and the "commons" is a way not just to call attention to that but also to rethink how urban goods and resources are distributed (resource allocation) and how decisions about those goods are made (the governance piece) . In this sense, the commons is a disruptive claim about the way that we think about the city, its resources, and how they are managed." (email, November 2015)
More Information: Cities, Inequality and the Common Good. By Sheila Foster.
The necessary transformation of our urban systemss
"Reinventing cities for a post-growth world could lead to tremendous savings on greenhouse gas emissions, while radically improving the average quality of life. The most sensible model combines the concept of “eco-city design” with the model of “shareable cities,” where communities make collective use of tools and resources.
Inevitably, we must make a transition from a social paradigm based on incessant growth and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to one based on qualitative aspects of being and experiencing, prioritizing community values and cultural expression. New and redesigned urban centers will no longer maximize opportunities for businesses and corporations, but facilitate the highest quality of life for all residents. Cities will become what Richard Register calls “scaffoldings for living systems,” as well as “learning machines,” designed to support residents in attaining knowledge and expertise in all fields of human endeavor.
As sea levels rise over the next decades, many urban areas will need to be redesigned and relocated. New city centers will be built inland, at higher elevations. In theory, these new constructions could be builtentirely on ecological principles, with food, renewable energy, and manufacturing all accomplished on site. As part of this change, we could see a managed transition from privatized to cooperative ownership of businesses and residences, as well as participatory management based on the model of Porto Alegre in Brazil." (https://www.minds.com/blog/view/456257048271654912/toward-regenerative-society-plan-for-rapid-transition)
Christian Iaione and Sheila Foster:
"We have distilled five key design principles for the urban commons:
- Principle 1: Collective governance refers to the presence of a multi-stakeholder governance scheme whereby the community emerges as an actor and partners up with at least three different urban actors
- Principle 2: Enabling State expresses the role of the State in facilitating the creation of urban commons and supporting collective action arrangements for the management and sustainability of the urban commons.
- Principle 3: Social and Economic Pooling refers to the presence of different forms of resource pooling and cooperation between five possible actors in the urban environment
- Principle 4: Experimentalism is the presence of an adaptive and iterative approach to designing the legal processes and institutions that govern urban commons.
- Principle 5: Tech Justice highlights access to technology, the presence of digital infrastructure, and open data protocols as an enabling driver of collaboration and the creation of urban commons."
Sharing Cities and Regions
- Policy Ideas for Shareable Urban Housing, from SELC, USA ; Job Creation Strategies for Shareable Cities
- Policies for a Shareable City: Shareable Magazine's 20-part series on policies that foster resource sharing, co-production, and mutual aid in cities 
- As a eBook "Guide": Policies for Shareable Cities: A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders. Shareable and Sustainable Economies Law Center, 2013. 40 pages. 
- TOP 10 THINGS A CITY CAN DO TO BECOME A SHAREABLE CITY. April Rinne.
- Circular Economy Policies for Cities. Report by Comuni Virtuosi
- Sharing City Seoul ; Share Hub Korea; Seoul Metropolitan Government Act for Promoting Sharing.
- Open Commons Region Linz
- The urban region of Bordeaux in France is making the 'collaborative economy' the central theme of its future territorial development.
- Helsinki Open Data City
- The Barcelona Pledge for a Fab City ? See: Fab Cities and the Barcelona 5.0 Plan
- Bologna, City of the Commons ; Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons
- Co-Mantua, launch Nov 26-27, 2017
- Naples' Italy: Assessor of the Commons with Aqua Beni Commune project
- Milton Keynes Council has become the first local authority to declare itself co-operative, see Local Authority as a Cooperative
- Homegrown Minneapolis Commons-Based Food Policy Blueprint ; Neighborhood Revitalization Program - Minneapolis
- Oakland Maker City
- San Francisco Sharing Economy Working Group with SF72, project to harness the power of sharing to ensure the best response to future disasters in San Francisco 
- Mapa colaborativo de espacios e iniciativas ciudadanas de construcción y gobernanza social de la ciudad
Sampled from a more comprehensive list compiled by Mira Luna for Shareable :
- Ann Arbor Sharing Economy
- Sharing City Berlin
- Boulder Sharing Economy
- Sharing City Graz
- Helsinki Commons
- Mappa Alternativa di Napoli
We have fractured these urban networks, and rebuilt much more dispersed, “dendritic” systems, connected not by pedestrians, but by automobiles, dispersed suburban campuses and parks, and single-family monocultures, supplemented by telephones and now, computers. The majority of us lives in encapsulated houses, in encapsulated neighborhoods, and travel in encapsulated cars to encapsulated work places, stores and other destinations.
- Michael Mehaffy 
"There are two types of smart city. The P2P smart city, which enables citizens to exchange information directly with each other. Then there's the panoptic smart city, in which data is centralised, manipulated, and then used to control city functions."
- David Week, FB 30/9/2014
John Thackara: The time for urban utopias is over
"Change and innovation are no longer about finely crafted ‘visions’ of some future place and time. Positive change happens when people reconnect – with each other, and with the biosphere – in rich, real-world, contexts. Rather than ask about utopias, I challenge city leaders to answer two questions: “Do you know where your next lunch will come from?” and, “Do you know if that place is healthy or not?” This approach expands the design focus beyond hard infrastructure towards a whole-system concern with the health of places that keep the city fed and watered. Within this frame of the city as a living system." (http://thackara.com/place-bioregion/manifesto-for-utopias-are-over-cities-are-living-systems/)
On the diversity of urban agriculture(s)
"We have city discussions about the need for a city policy on urban agriculture, instead of city discussions about the need for city policies to support various forms of urban agricultures.
To wit, the way cities agonize over a policy (note the singular) for urban agriculture (note the singular), rather than a suite of policies (note the plural) to help as many who are interested, for whatever reasons (note the plural), be they love or money, to eat foods (note the plural) they have grown or raised or foraged in varieties (note the plural) of spaces (note the plural) — from front yards, to back yards, to green roofs, to green walls, to balconies, to windowsills, to allotment gardens, to community gardens, to beehives, to butterfly gardens, to teaching and therapeutic gardens, to edible landscaping, to soil-based, hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouses, to vacant lots, to public orchards, to community composting centers, to grey water recycling for lawns and gardens, to formally-sited farms and meadows.
There are so many opportunities, so many points on the urban agricultures spectrum, that we can’t even say “urban agriculture is what it is.” That fact is that “urban agricultures are what they are,” and city governments in different areas should embrace many of them. Of course, public authorities need to practice their usual due diligence in terms of personal and public safety, but the emphasis of policy should not be on toleration or permission, but management and stewardship of the health, environmental, community and economic yields of urban ag. This is in marked contrast to the present mode of civic management over urban agriculture. "
- Wayne Roberts 
- Ranking of Top 50 influencers, projects, professionals and cities active on Twitter seeking and sharing Ideas, Strategies, References and Solutions for Resilient, Liveable and Shareable Cities. 
The article mentions the following:
- Open-data initiatives and hackathons, like New York City's BigApps competition
- Parking apps that show drivers where the nearest available parking spot it.
- Apps that let users "adopt" city property so the city doesn't have to spend money sending personnel to tend to them.
- High-tech waste management systems. Pay As You Throw (PAYT) garbage disposal would encourage people to recycle more and waste less
- All-digital and easy-to-use parking payment systems -- think EZ-pass for parking.
- A city guide app, with information about museums, parks, landmarks, public art, restaurants
- Touchscreens around the city
- Wi-Fi in subway stations and on trains
- Sustainable and energy efficient residential and commercial real estate.
- Dynamic kiosks that display real-time information, concerning traffic, weather and local news, like Urbanflow in Helsinki.
- App or social media-based emergency alert and crisis response systems -- every citizen should have access to vital information
- Police forces that use real-time data to monitor and prevent crime.
- More public transit, high-speed trains, and bus rapid transit (BRT) to help citizens traverse the city with speed and low emissions.
- OLED lights and surveillance in high-crime zones, like the 24/7 system coming to Kolkata
- Charging stations, like the solar-powered Strawberry Tree in Serbia. They also function as bus stops and Wi-Fi hot spots.
- Roofs covered with solar panels or gardens. You could even generate solar energy on bike paths, like Amsterdam's SolaRoad.
- Bike-sharing programs, like in Paris, Washington, D.C., and the ones coming to Los Angeles and New York.
- A sharing economy, instead of a buying economy. If we share or rent from each other, we each need to buy and store fewer goods -- think Rent the Runway, Netflix, Airbnb.
- Smart climate control systems in homes and businesses, for example, the Nest thermostat.
- Widespread use of traffic rerouting apps, such as Greenway and Waze.
- Water-recycling systems
- Crowdsourced urban planning, like Brickstarter.
- Broadband Internet access for all citizens
- Mobile payments. Everywhere. For food, apparel and public transportation.
- Ride-sharing programs
- First, a word of caution: David Harvey on the Fetishism of the Local and Horizontal
- This is the key mustread essay to start with, outlining the key move from commons within a city, to the city itself as a commons:
- The City as a Commons. By Sheila Foster and Christian Iaione. Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2016 
- Pulska Grupa: P2P Urbanism: From Exclusion to Autonomy
- Design for a Post-Neoliberal City. Jesko Fezer. e-flux journal 17, 06/2016.  "From being strategic sites for the implementation of neoliberal policy, cities may possibly become a new political arena for experiments in democracy—and thus require a new design.
- Adaptive Architecture, Collaborative Design, and the Evolution of Community: Text by Eric Hunting, on the future of a p2p-based 'Adaptive Architecture'.
- David Barrie: Towards Open Source Place-Making
- Codes and the Architecture of Life. By Michael Mehaffy
- Jason F. Mclennan. The Urban Agriculture Revolution. Bringing Food into Living Cities. http://www.urbanfarmhub.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/urban-agriculture-revolution.pdf]: An important and sensible overview of why this is happening.
- Urban Public Spaces as Commons, in the article, CHALLENGE OF NEW COMMONS – URBAN PUBLIC SPACES . Veronika Poklembovái, Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravskáii, Maroš Finkaiii. : "In this paper we are critically discussing with existing literature and case studies the applicability and relevance of the design principles for urban public spaces as urban commons."
- Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Priorities for the Self-organizing Society. By Nikos A. Salingaros. University of Texas at San Antonio. A contribution from April 26, 2010.
- A Brief History of P2P-Urbanism. Great intro by Nikos A. Salingaros & Federico Mena-Quintero
- Stefano Serafini on the Emergence of Biourbanism
- Introduction to the bio-urbanistic work of Nikos A. Salingaros (and Michael Mehaffy), in an ongoing series in Metropolis magazine:
See Øyvind Holmstad's introduction
- The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander. By Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros. Introduction to the Pattern Language work inspiring the P2P urbanistic community.
- Series accessible via http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/author/nikos
- The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander
- The Sustainable Technology of Christopher Alexander
- The Pattern Technology of Christopher Alexander
- The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander
- The “Wholeness-Generating” Technology of Christopher Alexander
- How to Start a Housing Co-op (U.S.)
Key Blogs and Websites
- The P2P Urbanism pages of the International Society of BioUrbanism, at http://www.biourbanism.org/p2p-urbanism/
- Peer to Peer Urbanism blog at http://p2purbanism.blogspot.com/
- for Policy Proposals for City as Commons, see the book: The City as Commons: A Policy Reader. Ed. by José Maria Ramos. Commons Transition Coalition, Melbourne, Australia (2016).
- Sharing Cities. A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities. By Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman. MIT Press eBooks, 2015
- Digital Urban Acupuncture. Human Ecosystems and the Life of Cities in the Age of Communication, Information and Knowledge Iaconesi, Salvatore, Persico, Oriana. Springer International Publishing, 2017. 
- Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future. Matt Hern. AK Press, 2009. : If we want to preserve what's still left of the natural world, we need to stop using so much of it. And cities are the best chance we have left for a sustainable future ... but only if they remain vibrant, dynamic spaces that are unfolded by millions of people working together—and not by master plans and planners. What will it take to make our cities truly sustainable?
- (e)Book: How to Design Our World for Happiness. The Commons Guide to Placemaking, Public space, and Enjoying a Convivial Life. By Jay Walljasper and On the Commons, 2013. 
- Alberto Corsin Jimenez: p2p urbanist researcher in Madrid
- Neal Gorenflo: Sharing Cities Network, Shareable magazine
- Nikos Salingaros
- Stefano Serafini: bio-urbanist in Rome
- John Thackara: close observer
- Caroline Woodard: urban community land trusts in Brooklyn
- Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona
- Luigi de Magistris: the mayor of Naples
- Jorge Sharp: the Mayor of Valparaíso (Chile)
- Eric Piolle: the mayor of Grenoble, France
- Policies for a Shareable City: the series initiated by Neal Gorenflo of Shareable magazine will cover 20 policy areas to inspire discussion among citizens and city leaders.
- City-Based Food Commons (the Homegrown Minneapolis Commons-Based Food Policy Blueprint)
Open Source Building and Housing Projects
Updated list via :
- Auram CEB Block System developed at Auroville India: This is the most advanced CEB block system in existence. Sort-of open in that they claim the technology is offered free to the world to use, but don't publish exact plans for anything
- Backcountry Boiler - kickstarter supported long tail manufacturing of an ultralight outdoor kettle
- Contraptor: aiming to create an open-design construction set,
- DIY Magic Mirror - An Arduino, open source based interactive Magic Mirror with home automation and Halloween features.
- Fragment Store: modular self-combined fragments of design furniture
- Freebus - an Open Source Home Automation System
- Good Stove, open source stove for the poor
- Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building
- Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter
- Ikea Hacker Do it yourself blog on the base of corporate products
- Liberator, aka "Open Farm Tech's Liberator Compressed Earth Block machine; 
- MIT House-n 'chassis' system
- Movisi Open Design Furniture
- One Day Chair: Chair design for a CNC cutter
- Open Architecture Network
- Open Remote, an Open Domotics community
- Open Sailing: modular marine architecture
- Open Source Construction Systems
- Open Source Geopolymer Cast Stone Construction; eopolymer House blog 
- Open Source Cooling: KippKitts is designing open-source low-voltage (24V), high-efficiency (@2A) DC cooling units (air-conditioner/cpu cooler/refigeration) 
- Open Source House: 2 project; most recent is here
- Open Source Induction Furnace Project
- Open Source Washing Machine OSWASH
- Open Straw is an Open Source Prefab Strawbale House that can be built for $7k 
- WikiHouse: fabricated from locally sourced plywood cut on a CNC mill from openly shared template files, and assembled with minimal skill by local people.
- From the Commoning the City conference in Stockholm, April 2013:
- Stavros Stavrides on Inventing Open Institutions and Spaces of Sharing
- Saki Bailey on Governing the Wealth of Urban Commons Beyond Ownership
- Alex Haché and Marcell Mars on the Evolution from Digital to Urban Commons
- Pier Paolo Fanesi on the Experience in Common Governance Through Participatory Budgetting in Grottammare Municipality
Pages in category "Urbanism"
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- Community Wealth Cities
- Community Wealth-Building
- Community-Led Local Development Network - Lisbon
- Concept for a Global Open Source Initiative
- Concurrent Estate
- Confronting the Urban Commons in Amsterdam
- Connected Action for the Commons
- Connected Urban Development
- Constantin Petcou
- Context for En Comu's Commons-Oriented Policy for Barcelona
- Cooling the Commons
- Cooperation Jackson
- Cooperative Activity in Preston
- Cooperative and Mutual Housing
- Cooperative Cities
- Cooperative City
- Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York
- Cordoba Food Network
- Cork Food Policy Council
- Corporate Localism
- Crowdfunded Urbanism
- Crowdfunding for Small Towns
- Crowdsourced Mapping
- Crowdsourced Placemaking
- Crowdsourcing in Urban Planning
- Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities
- Curtindo Porto Alegre
- Cyborg Self and the Networked City
- Daniela Festa
- Dare To Ask
- Darren Sharp
- Data Commons License
- Data-Driven Approach to Decision-Making
- Data-Driven City
- David Graeber and David Harvey in Conversation about Debt and Rebel Cities
- David Harvey
- David Harvey on Rebel Cities
- David Harvey on the Fetishism of the Local and Horizontal
- David Holmgren on Permaculture in Suburbia
- David Li on Open Farming in Cities in China
- David Seamon on the Relational Dynamics between Humans and their Built Environment
- Debate on Collective Design for the Open Source City
- Decentralized Urban Farming
- Democratic Public Service Reform
- Department of the Commons - Naples
- Derk Loorbach on Transition Governance
- Design and architecture as sustainable platform building
- Design for a Living Planet
- Design for a Post-Neoliberal City
- Design Pattern
- Detroit People's Water Board
- Detroit Urban Organic Agriculture
- Detroit Water Brigade
- Diana Leafe Christian on Ecovillages
- Digital Cities
- Digital City and the New Economic Paradigm
- Digital Platform for Self-Organisation in Urban Planning
- Digital Public Spaces
- Digital Urban Acupuncture
- Discussion between Michel Bauwens and Christian Iaione
- DIY Container Housing
- DIY Streets
- Do-It-Yourself City
- Dobrica Veselinović
- Domenico di Sena
- Dream Hamar
- Ecocity Builders
- EcoDistrict Urban Strategy
- Ecozoic City
- EdenSpace Project
- Edible Cities
- Edible City
- Edinburgh Cooperative Capital Policy Strategies
- Eleni Katrini
- Elia Hernando Navarro
- Emergence of Makerspaces in the Smart City
- Enabling City
- Enabling Suburbs
- Enhancing Urban Autonomy
- Entrepreneurs for the Commons Co-Design Laboratory
- Equity-Based Urban Planning
- Eric Hunting
- Eric Piolle
- Ernest Pons
- Escocesa Cultural Centre in Barcelona as a Relational Urban Commons
- Ethical and Responsible Data Management of the Barcelona Data Commons
- Ethical Food Futures for Mid-Sized Cities
- Eudea Wikitown
- European City Makers
- Everyday Practices of Commoning and the Production of Urban Space in Dublin
- Evgeny Morozov on the Technological Sovereignity of Cities and the Role of Platform Cooperatives
- Exploring the Boundaries of Hypermobility
- Extitutional Processes
- Extitutional Urbanism
- Fab Cities
- Fab City
- Fab City Barcelona
- Fab City Dashboard
- Fab City Hamburg and its Mission-Oriented Coalition for Digital Transformation
- Fab City Initiative
- Fablab House
- Farming the City - Amsterdam
- Fearless Cities
- Federico Mena Quintero
- Filipe Balestra on Healthy Processes in Architecture
- Fix My City
- Flight From the City
- Flor Avelino
- Food Commons Fresno
- Food-Sensitive Planning and Urban Design
- For Green Building Design Needs to Go Open Source
- Forum da Transparência e Controle Social de Niterói - BR
- Foundation for an Open Source City
- Foundational Economy
- Francesca Bria on Barcelona’s Strategy for Technological Sovereignty
- Frank van Erkel on How Local Governments such as Amsterdam Adapts to Community Currencies
- Franz Nahrada on Global Villages
- Fredrik Åslund on the Evolution from Do-it-Yourself to Do-it-Together
- Free Cities Institute
- Fritz Mielert
- From Exclusion to Autonomy with P2P Urbanism
- From Medieval to Global Assemblages
- From Urban Commons to the City as a Commons
- Funding an Economy of Civic Spaces in the Cooperative City through Community Finance
- Garden Sharing
- Geospatial Analysis and Living Urban Geometry
- Global Municipalist Network
- Global Parliament of Mayors
- Global Village Movement Status Report 2008
- Global Village Movement Status Report 2010
- Global Villages
- Global Villages Network
- Global Villegiatura
- Go Car Share
- Governance Models for Sharing Cities
- Great Reset
- Green Digital Charter
- Green Growth vs Commons-Based Ecological Transitions in Australian Cities
- Grid Beam
- Grounded City
- Growing Cities
- Grown in the City
- Gruppo Salingaros
- Guide for Community Microgrids in Cities
- Hamburg's Remunicipalization of its Energy Utilities
- Hamburg’s Current Situation With Regards To Digital Fabrication and Commons-Based Peer Production
- Hans Widmer
- Hanseatic League
- Helsinki as Sharing City
- Helsinki Open City Council
- Holger Lauinger
- Homegrown Cities
- Homegrown Minneapolis Commons-Based Food Policy Blueprint
- Homegrown Revolution
- Homeowners Equity Corporation
- Horizontal Subsidiarity
- Housing Cooperative
- How Digital Equipments Shape the Urban Commons
- How Shared Spaces Are Changing the World
- How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community
- Human Ecosystem
- If Mayors Ruled the World
- Imagine the City - Greece
- Impetus Plan for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Barcelona
- Indigo Project
- Indy Johar on Democratizing Cities
- Infrastructure Commons
- Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
- Instituto Do ItYourself
- International Conference on Urban Autonomy and the Collective City
- International Ecocity Framework and Standards
- International Society of Biourbanism
- Internet of Everything for Cities
- Intertidal City
- Interview with David Juárez of Arquitecturas Colectivas
- Interview with Federico Mena Quintero of Gnome, on P2P Urbanism
- Interview with Nikos Salingaros on P2P Urbanism - 2008
- Interview with Stefano Serafini on P2P Urbanism
- Introduction to the Urban Revolutions
- Introduction to WikiHouse
- Istanbul Urban Commons Workshop