Commoning practices are emerging from the failure of neoliberal systems and models

Issue # 16 | Spring 2015 | Commoning as Differentiated Publicness: Emerging Concepts of the Urban and Other Material Realities

Contemporary commoning practices are emerging from the failure of a vast array of neoliberal systems and models. Arguably, these practices hold the potential to actualise an in-between niche, which the public and private domains alike have been unable to encompass and express. As such, they invite us to rethink the meaning of the public/private dichotomy. Commoning practices simultaneously respond and give rise to differentiated social and materials forms and relationships, which result in a variety of geopolitical ecologies and new understandings of citizenry.

Issue 16 of Footprint offers an array of diverse insights into contemporary commoning practices. Emanating from different angles of enquiry and theoretical perspectives the articles included here investigate the question of the commons through the re-conceptualisation of different subjectivities. New understandings of the empowering potentials and latent agency of self-organised urban movements, i.e., are approached by means of in-depth analysis and critical assessment. The spectrum of possibilities opened by differentiated political practices and strategies unveil renewed types of legitimacy. Furthermore, critical evaluations of spatial initiatives display emerging socio-spatial bodies, thus questioning the role of autonomy across a spectrum of scales and thresholds of negotiation. Ultimately, the analysis of and speculation on the mechanisms of contemporary commoning re-configure urban reality through the realisation of new materialities.

Issue’s editors: Heidi Sohn, Stavros Kousoulas, Gerhard Bruyns

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  • Heidi Sohn, Stavros Kousoulas, Gerhard Bruyns, editors | Introduction: Commoning as Differentiated Publicness
  • Stavros Stavrides | Common Space as Threshold Space: Urban Commoning in Struggles to Re-appropriate Public Space
  • STEALTH.unlimited (Marc Neelen and Ana Džoki?) | Instituting Commoning
  • Michele Vianello | New Rights and the Space of Practices: Italian Contributions to a Theory of the Urban Commons
  • Lucía Jalón Oyrazun | Common Spatialities: The Production of the Multitude
  • Gökhan Kodalak | A Monstrous Alliance: Open Architecture and Common Space
  • Karin Bradley | Open-Source Urbanism: Creating, Multiplying and Managing Urban Commons
  • Cristina Ampatzidou and Ania Molenda | New Media in Old Cities: The Emergence of the New Collective

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