The Urban Commons Cookbook: Strategies and Insights for Creating and Maintaining Urban Commons (2018-2020)

Urban commons – new ways of managing and ensuring access to a wide variety of resources in cities – are increasingly the focus of political, academic, and urban development discussions. Many useful theories, methods, and case study collections are being developed above all on the academic level – however, this information does not reach activists, community leaders, local politicians, or other interested parties. The Urban Commons Cookbook seeks to bridge this gap. Using the theoretical framework set out in the 2015 publication “Urban Commons: Moving beyond State and Market,” the Urban Commons Cookbook attempts to 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.

The core of the cookbook is made up of information gathered in eight interviews with commons projects across a broad spectrum of resource types and locations and a range of methods and tools for practicing the commons.

A barrier-free PDF of the book will be freely available, hard copies will be available for a nominal fee (about 15€ to offset printing costs). Release at the beginning of 2020. More information at You can get regular updates both on this blog and on our kickstarter page:

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