"With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launches
Designing the Urban Commons, 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 competition brief, which also goes live on 25th 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. 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."
SE8 was formed out of a collective need to transform a
space in limbo. The site of an old school where the group live as
property guardians also became the centre for an active engagement
with the idea of the 'commons'. Utilising the schools vast
playground, wildlife garden and the school itself, the group opened
up this once private space for the local community to explore and
engage with. A whole variety of projects and people have passed
through this space, each informing the context and practise of
using a space with few rules and no predetermined use.
d'architecture autogérée (studio for self-managed
architecture) is a collective platform which conducts explorations,
actions and research concerning urban mutations and emerging
cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city.
aaa acts through 'urban tactics', encouraging the participation of
inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces,
overpassing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and
reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which
explore the potential of contemporary city (in terms of population,
mobility, temporality). Their current project R-URBAN in the Parisian suburb of
Colombes proposes the creation of a local network of short circuits
of ecological, economic, social and cultural nature. It consists of
AgroCite, a civic agricultural centre, RecycLab, a platform for
recycling and eco-construction, and EcoHab, a cooperative
residential unit of 7 habitations currently under construction.
Public Works is a non for profit
organisation working between the fields of art, architecture and
design. All public works projects explore how the urban public
realm can be shaped by its users and how participation and
collaboration can inform a more open design process Projects span
across different scales and address the relation between the
informal and formal aspects of a site. They produce social,
architectural and discursive spaces: outputs include socio-spatial
and physical structures, public events and publications. The group
is based in London and operates as a not-for-profit company.
Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an
extended network of project related collaborators.
18.30 – 20.00, Wednesday 25th March, 2015
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B
Free and open to all, seats allocated on a first come first served
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