Designing commons - Commons for design

Please note, Extended deadline until April 15.

Workshop organisers
Sanna Marttila, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University
Andrea Botero, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University
Joanna SaadSulonen, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University
Erling Björgvinsson, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University
Peter Parker, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University
Anna Seravalli, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University

The workshop on Designing commons - Commons for design aims to explore what could professional designers and researchers, who operate in commonslike frameworks and aim to support collective action, learn from the current Commons discourse and research? The workshops aims to develop collaboratively a design research agenda to understand more the relationship between "commoning practices" and "collaborative design practices".

We invite the DRS community to reflect and explore on this connections by collecting examples, sharing experiences and mapping implications that relate but are not limited to:

  • What are the emergent design characteristics of peer and commonsbased  projects?
  • How can we link discussions and research done in "commons" framework to practices found in design and planning, more precisely to those practices that have collaboration, participation and openness as central aspects?
  • What perspectives and actions need to be brought to the development of new design research agendas that consider commons as context and goal?
  • What could be considered design principles, strategies and practices for sustainable and enduring Commons Design?

We are interested in identifying current relevant academic discussions in design research as well as learn from applicable practitioners accounts. Interested applicants are requested to submit via email ( a short position statement documenting a case study or example, specific principles or practices and critical analysis and challenges related to this phenomena. Submissions should consist of:

1). Two pages (A4 as PDF) document, with a short description of the project and answers to the following questions:

  • Was the theme of commons a driving force in the project, or even articulated at all?
  • Why do you think this project addresses the theme of designing commons or  commons for design, and in what way?

2). Three to five bullet points with initial thoughts regarding the themes of designing  commons and/or commons for design

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