Living Lab: Constructing the Common


Tom Avermaete, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Danilea Herold (eds.)


Publisher: Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of fine Arts Vienna

The commons are intensively discussed in the contemporary debate on the city. New social, economic and political perspectives on urban life have emerged. However, it is less clear what role the architecture of the city – as a common resource par excellence – can play in processes of commoning. LIVING LAB: CONSTRUCTING THE COMMONS was taking place in September 2018, it comprised an exhibition, a workshop and a debate. Point of departure was the question of what is to be considered as common in the city. More specifically, questions were raised about how commonality can be defined in relation to housing and the urban environment. This LIVING LAB explicitly addressed the role of architecture and architects in creating urban commons.