Infrastructuring urban commons over time : learnings from two cases

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Title Infrastructuring urban commons over time : learnings from two cases
Author Seravalli, Anna
Research Centre Medea
Date 2018
English abstract
This paper contributes to the understanding of urban commons and how they might be (co)-designed. Insights from two cases are used to articulate how urban commons develop over time and to discuss how the approach of infrastructuring can enable urban commoning on a long-term basis. First, an overview of commons and urban commons is provided with a special focus on communing, as in, the understanding of commons as an ongoing process rather than a stable arrangement. Thereafter, the paper gives an overview of the participatory design community's findings about co-designing commons, with infrastructuring proposed as a possible approach. By looking at the development of two urban commons over time, the paper tentatively presents an understanding of urban commoning. This emerges as a process that entails the exploration, reification, and reworking of collaborative arrangements over time. It is a process that requires transparency and accountability, and its transformative potential in relation to urban governance should be carefully considered. From these findings, the paper suggests that prolonged infrastructuring efforts for urban commons need to: (1) foster the understanding of the temporal and fallible nature of arrangements; (2) support accountability and transparency over time; (3) recognize and address the installed base; and (4) articulate democratic and governance aspects in commoning.
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15th Participatory Design Conference (August 20 - 24, 2018 : Hasselt and Genk, Belgium)
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3210586.3210593 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3210593... (external link to publication)
Publisher ACM
Host/Issue Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Full Papers;
Volume 1
ISSN 978-1-4503-6371-6
Pages 11
Language eng (iso)
Subject co-design
participatory design
commons
urban commons
infrastructuring
governance
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26070 Permalink to this page
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