In today’s post, I examine urban commons and the affordable housing crisis from the perspective of capitalist-driven urbanism.
Today’s post dives into the idea of creating spaces for urban commons within urban capitalism.
Many thanks to Adam Polko for the invitation to share my current work on urban commons at the Economics University in Katowice and hear all about his research on the subject. It was an inspiring few days! I’m excited to head back to the office and incorporate some of the topics we spoke about into the Urban Commons Cookbook. Home stretch!
The topic of urban commons is booming. Since we published Urban Commons: Moving beyond State and Market four years ago, there has been a strong increase in projects and publications about urban commons. What is it about the current Zeitgeist that makes now the right time for this topic?
What aspects does one need to consider when speaking about affordable housing and what role could commons-based housing provision play?
Commons and communities: Can urban commons projects lead to more innovative and inclusive urban societies?
Today’s post examines the role of urban commons in social and cultural innovation, participation in urban policy-making, and as a possibility for more inclusive urban societies.
Just a quick update about progress on the UCC!
So we’ve officially concluded the first round of the Berlin Urban Commons Series, which ran in 2016 and 2017. We touched on so many exciting topics – today, I wanted to take the chance to give an overview of the individual events and link to summaries of each of them.
It’s been a busy few weeks since I got back from vacation, but today I’m excited to share some impressions from the first interviews for the Urban Commons Cookbook.
Depletable vs. non-depletable resources: The case for limiting user group size in urban commons projects
I’m back from my holidays and full of ideas! Today’s post goes into group size and composition for depletable and finite urban resources like housing.
With the help of 56 backers, we were able to raise a total of 3,712€, which means that the Urban Commons Cookbook will be a reality! If you missed your chance to lock in a copy now, you can still get one in the fall. We’ll make it available through the project website (www.urbancommonscookbook.com), here, and through our partner websites. Stay tuned! And thanks to all of you who backed us – it really means a lot!
We did it! I am ecstatic!! There are still two days left to get your own copy of the book. We also have a limited number of the second print run of Urban Commons: Moving beyond State and Market available! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/883826659/the-urban-commons-cookbook/
There’s just three more days to our Kickstarter campaign. We only need 350€ to make it to our goal. Help us make it a reality by pledging here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/883826659/the-urban-commons-cookbook
We had a big pledge jump overnight! We’re not there yet, but if we keep on going like this, we just might reach our goal by March 9th! Check it out the campaign, support us, and get our own copy of the book here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/883826659/the-urban-commons-cookbook
Hey all, as most of you know, we have a Kickstarter campaign currently running for our newest book, The Urban Commons Cookbook. Here’s an update to end week 2. The campaign is running until March 9th. Check it out here, support us, and get our own copy of the book: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/883826659/the-urban-commons-cookbook
Can tiny houses help solve the affordable housing crisis? – Video, slides, notes, and further reading
Here’s the video of my talk yesterday with additional notes, links, and comments! Enjoy!
Check out our rewards and support the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/883826659/the-urban-commons-cookbook
One of the authors in our book, Tobias Bernet, was recently interviewed in the Planologie podcast, a German-language podcast from two urban and regional planning students at the TU Berlin. In this episode, they discuss self-organized housing as a form of commons. Follow this link to listen to the entire podcast: https://planologie-podcast.de/2017/06/08/pln001-commons-in-der-stadt/
I’m excited to announce that I am working on a new book, The Urban Commons Cookbook, which will gather urban commoners’ experiences and create a practical handbook which gathers real-world insights, usable tips, and tested methods for creating and maintaining commons which can inform actors from the civil society and politics alike. We’ll be launching a Kickstarter in mid-February – stay tuned! You can read the full exposé here.
A short recap of my recent fabulous and inspiring trip to New England and Detroit (with lots of pictures)!
Today’s post examines concrete policy measures which could work against gentrification and the displacement of commons and creative projects.
Which parts of commons theory can be applied to the management of public spaces and what should one consider when applying this theory to the real world? Today’s post explores these questions and goes into detail about my input at the Berlin Senate Department’s Zentrenwerkstatt last week.
I’m going to be giving several talks this fall about urban commons, so today I’m going to delve into what makes urban commons different from other forms of commons.
So August is now over and most people are back from their summer vacations, which means that it’s time to turn our attention to the (very busy) conference season just around the corner. This year, I’ll be doing a whirlwind tour of four countries in four weeks, with topics from urban commons to EU urban policy.
Ryan Jepson from the University of Vienna has reviewed our book. Read an excerpt and find a link to the full text here.
Back in January, I took part in the Urban Change Talk about Urban Commons. As part of that event, I also gave a very short video statement in which I talk about what makes urban commons different from other commons types, and what effects multilevel governance and market forces can have on them. Watch the whole video (about 3 minutes long) here.
Martin Schwegmann and I have tackled urban commons again in our newest article together as part of an event we both took part in in January for the program Actors of Urban Change. Check out the links in this post to download the article and the full publication.
What do Bremen and Bologna have in common? They both used administrative restructuring to address their citizens’ needs and desires and boost civil society’s involvement in urban development – with great results! In this post, I explore administrative restructuring’s potentials for growth in peripheral and rural areas.
So the Berlin Urban Commons Series continues tomorrow with our newest event, entitled “Mapping, Big Data, Citizen’s Tech,” hosted by Dr. Martin Schwegmann. More details here.
I’m thrilled to announce that, after a long and detailed application process, I’ve been validated as a lead expert for the EU program URBACT, which deals with integrated urban development in Europe! I’ve been validated for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities, as well as thematic expertise in integrated urban renewal (i.e. Commons, Heritage, Branding) and arts and culture (i.e. Creative Industries). For more information, please check out my expert profile at http://urbact.eu/dellenbaugh.
In June of 2015, I spoke at the Make_City Festival here in Berlin in the course of the publicity surrounding our newly released book. You can see my quote here around minute 2:00.