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Cities as commons? Production, preservation and use of urban commons

Cities as commons? Production, preservation and use of urban commons - Workshop with Prof. Max Welch Guerra and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Foto: © Sabrina Merolla Photography
Photo: Sabrina Merolla Photography
The complex constellation of international crisis settings, which currently is overwhelming the political mechanisms of the European Union, also affects the traditional modes of controlling urban development.

In our view, one response to this situation is self-administration of the urban commons. New perspectives are, however, also opening up on an institutionalized basis: European cities such as Naples, Bologna and Barcelona have made the commons principle their official policy. This has evoked criticism from the right and in some cases from the left side of the political spectrum. Are commons democratic? To what extent can forms of ‘doing it yourself’ replace the government in the administration of urban commons? Some of the most controversial issues of this debate will be discussed with researchers and activists in the workshop.