An Atlas of Commoning: Orte des Gemeinschaffens

Facebook, Airbnb and other companies, whose business models are based on the commercialization of social relationships, have transformed words like 'community,' 'sharing' or 'us' into empty concepts that no longer represent solidarity or a progressive social agenda, but rather form the basis for an emerging platform capitalism. This economic development is accompanied by a global political shift fueled by traditional community notions of identity and affiliation, exclusion and discrimination. 

Against this background, the exhibition and publication project 'An Atlas of Commoning' aims to recapture and redefine the open and emancipatory space of 'us' as a concept. The project focuses on urban commons—here commons are to be understood as a set of practices dealing with the production and management of (material and immaterial) collective resources and spaces in general, rather than with the resources themselves, hence 'commoning', the verb, takes center stage.

The starting point of the exhibition is an Atlas, a visual archive with a diverse selection of contemporary and historical case studies. The Atlas, which is being developed by ARCH+ in collaboration with the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, will consist of 30 projects related to commoning. This initial selection will be complemented with new ones, to be added in collaboration with local partners as the exhibition tours from city to city. As a result, the 'Atlas of Commoning' continues to grow as an open knowledge archive, producing an invaluable documentation of local grassroots projects from all over the world. 

From the Atlas, the exhibition develops along three axes of investigation, each one illustrating the tension inherent in practices of sharing. The resulting chapters are: Ownership – Access, Production – Reproduction, Right – Solidarity. Artistic works open up further access to the subject. Part of the exhibition is an edition of ARCH+ magazine that delivers a broad insight into important theoretical positions and practical examples. 

Curatorial team

Anh-Linh Ngo, Mirko Gatti, Christian Hiller, Max Kaldenhoff, Christine Rüb (ARCH+), Elke aus dem Moore (ifa), Stefan Gruber (CMU)

Research partners

School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh und Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Architektur, Fachgebiet Prof. Rainer Hehl

Contributions by

Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke; Auroville; Brandlhuber+ Christopher Roth ; DAAR Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency; Theo Deutinger; Eureka; FATkoehl und Christian Burkhard; Granby Workshop by Assemble; Manuel Herz; Sandi Hilal, Philipp Misselwitz und Anne Misselwitz; Kotti & Co; Kuehn Malvezzi; Angelika Levi; Golan Levin und Shawn Sims; La Maloca Tukano; NLÉ Architects; PlanBude; Prinzessinnengarten; Martha Rosler; Harald Trapp und Robert Thum; Urban Think Tank; WiLMa19; Samson Young

The 'Atlas of Commoning'also includes works by
Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée; BARarchitekten; Campo de la Cebada; Silvia Carpaneto; Charles Fourier; Go Hasegawa and Associates; ARGE ifau und Heide & von Beckerath; Müller Sigrist Architects; Robert Owen; Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza; ReGen Villages; Rural Urban Framework; Schneider Studer Primas; STEALTH.unlimited; Sungmisan Village; Zones Urbaines Sensibles; Zusammenarbeiter

Exhibition Design: Stadelmann Schmutz Wössner Architects, Berlin
Graphic Design: Heimann und Schwantes, Berlin

Coming up:

01.04.2019 – 31.05.2019
Pittsburgh, USA


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