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Open-source urbanism: Creating, multiplying and managing urban commons
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. (Space, Politics, Ecologies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6882-2735
2015 (English)In: Footprint, ISSN 1875-1490, E-ISSN 1875-1504, Vol. 9, no 16, 91-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Within contemporary architecture and urbanism there is marked interest in urban commons. This paper explores the creation of temporary urban commons, or, more specifically, what can be called ‘open-source urbanism’. Citing two practices – urban commons initiated by Atelier d’architecture autogérée in Paris, and Park(ing) Day initiated by San Francisco-based Rebar – I argue that these practices can be understood as open-source urbanism since their initiators act as open-source programmers, constructing practice manuals to be freely copied, used, developed and shared, thus producing self-managed commons. Although this tradition of ‘commoning’ is not new, it is currently being reinvented with the use of digital technologies. Combining Elinor Ostrom’s analysis of self-managed natural resource commons with Yochai Benkler’s assertion that commons-based peer production constitutes a ‘third mode of production’ that lies beyond capitalism, socialism and their blends, I argue that open-source urbanism critiques both government and privately-led urban development by advancing a form of postcapitalist urbanism.

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Delft: Techne Press, 2015. Vol. 9, no 16, 91-108 p.
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urban commons, open-source urbanism, tactical urbanism, DIY urbanism, commoning, commons-based peer production
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165831ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84926330070OAI: diva2:808892
Urban sharing: The rise of collaborative consumption and co-use of spaces
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2012-641

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