This case story is based on the press release about Sofia Croso Mazucco's presentation at the XVI Biennial IASC Conference 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change', held July 10-14, 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The innumerable underused public spaces in cities worldwide can become places where people collaborate to create alternative service provision and development, a researcher in the UK says. Where that occurs, city dwellers find they have a new community resource they can all use – an 'urban commons' – that can in turn help city governments to better support their citizens as cities become more and more complex, the research shows.
While David Cameron’s 2011 'Big Society'- agenda for the UK failed, grass-root projects based on regeneration of public spaces can, with appropriate government support, build urban commons that ultimately achieve the goals of that agenda – including empowering communities, encouraging government-plus-community generation of services, and promotion of individual action for community development, the research suggests.
- Mazzuco, S. "Public space, collective governance and the urban commons," Laboratory for the governance of the city as a commons (LABGOV), http://www.labgov.it/2017/07/28/public-space-collective-governance-and-the-urban-commons/ [published July 28, 2017]
- Mazzuco, S. "Repurposing underused public spaces into urban commons. An active participatory urban regeneration model for Gospel Oak, London, UK," Paper presented at XVI Biennial IASC-Conference 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change', Utrecht, Netherlands (July 10-14, 2017). Download pdf.