Mapping the Commons ganha o Prêmio Elinor Ostrom

O projeto Mapping the Commons foi contemplado com o I Premio Elinor Ostrom à pesquisa e intervenção social vinculada a Bens Comuns na categoria “Abordagens conceituais sobre os bens comuns”, com o trabalho “Mapeando o bem comum urbano: um método paramétrico e audiovisual”. Coordenado por Pablo de Soto da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, […]



Can the commons be mapped? Which is the commonwealth of the contemporary metropolis and how can it be located? How are the commons being protected from enclosure by totalitarian neoliberalism’s public-private enterprises? Which new practices of commoning are emerging in the cycle of struggles that began in 2010-11? What are […]

Mapping the Urban Commons. A new representation system for cities through the lenses of the commons

Full Title: Mapping the Urban Commons. A new representation system for cities through the lenses of the commons

Abstract: The paper discusses the concept, development and outcomes of the cartography project “Mapping the Commons” which took place in Athens and Istanbul in 2010 and 2012 respectively. It specifically presents the methodology and practices used, while also looking into the conflicts and difficulties met in the two different cities.

Keywords: commons, city, crisis, mapping, video-cartography

Authors: Demitri Delinikolas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Pablo de Soto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Daphne Dragona (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).

To be published at Hybrid City book.

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Taksim Square / Gezi Park

Before #direngezi:

Taksim Project entails restructuring of a major part of the city by destroying Gezi Parki and its surrounding area. Under the veil of creating a more pedestrian friendly area, the project threatens the common uses and habits of the city.

Since the end of May 2013, political unrest has swept across Turkey. In Istanbul, a large part of the central Beyoğlu district became a battle zone for three consecutive weeks with conflicts continuing afterward. So far five people have died and thousands have been injured.
The protests were initially aimed at rescuing Istanbul’s Gezi Park from being demolished as part of a large scale urban renewal project. The police used extreme force during a series of police attacks that began on May 28th 2013 and which came to a dramatic head in the early morning hours of Friday May 31st when police attacked protesters sleeping in the park.
Over the course of a few days, the police attacks grew to shocking proportions. As the images of the heavy-handed policing spread across the world, the protests quickly transformed into a popular uprising against the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his style of authoritarian rule.
This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, the eviction on July 15, 2013, and the protests that have continued in the aftermath. It includes interviews with many participants and footage never before seen.

Communication space

This video is taken during an international workshop on commons, and it is interested in local instances of commons ( here common knowledge, communication space) and resistances against the disappearance of commons due to global neoliberal politics.

Ayvansaray 1

Fener-Balat-Ayvansaray is a historical residential district in central Istanbul. In this area there is a diminishing non-Muslim community, which inhabit the area for hundereds of years, as well as migrants from eastern Turkey since the industrialization of Istanbul starting in the 1950s. The local municipality introduced an urban renewal project in 2009, with hardly any public interest, and since then the inhabitants have been resisting for their common rights through a public organisation called FEBAYDER.