Designing the Urban Commons competition and panel discussion

Competition aims to stimulate public and collective city life

International artists network Theatrum Mundi has launched an ideas competition calling for new ways to stimulate the city’s public and collective life.

Three groups engaged in live projects in London and Paris will present their work, describing how 'commoning' emerges through the spaces they have created or occupied and also examining the issues and opportunities presented by commons as an approach to urban design.

The brief for the competition, which goes live 25 March, will ask for existing land, architecture or infrastructures in neighbourhoods across London to be re-imagined as common spaces, or for new urban commons to be carved out in the city or online.

Commons are not static pieces of architecture, the organisation says. ‘We are seeking designs through which the social act of commoning could take shape, by enabling citizens to co-produce urban resources from culture & knowledge to housing, energy or democratic processes’.

A free-to-attend competition launch event and panel discussion (Designing the Urban Commons: Lessons from the field) will take place at the LSE’s Hong Kong Lecture Theatre at 6.30pm on 25 March.

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