The second session in the Designing Cultural Commons lecture series will interrogate the role of design and spatial thinking within the discourse of the commons. The talks will focus on the ethics of cohabiting in the city; the role of design, making and working with ‘common materials’ in this context; and as the role of mapping as an act and tool that supports collective action.
1 — Dr Adam Kassa (RCA): Cohabitation as a Common Urban Ethic
Adam Kaasa is an interdisciplinary scholar who specialises in the politics of the city, foregrounding the role of architecture and design. He completed his PhD as a SSHRC Scholar at the London School of Economics and is currently a Research Fellow in Architecture at the Royal College of Art. His research and teaching interests include critical and urban theory to consider public space, the postcolonial and negotiations of capital in late modernity, as they touch ground in the practices of architecture. Adam is a founding Fellow of Theatrum Mundi with Professor Richard Sennett, an international urban forum that brings together urban practitioners with people from the performing and visual arts. He is also a founding member of When We Build Again, a transatlantic repository for discourse and creativity.
2 — John Bingham-Hall (Theatrum Mundi): Common(s) Materials
John Bingham-Hall is the director of Theatrum Mundi and an urban researcher with a degree in music, a Masters in architectural studies, as well as professional experience in cultural programming.
3 — Nicolas Fonty (Justmap): Civic Mapping
JustMap is an ongoing collaborative map of London community resources, campaigns and projects. It is based on public workshops organised at community events or festivals to collect directly from Londoners their intelligence of their city. Nicolas is involved in numerous collective mapping projects internationally and has studied MRes Interdisciplinary Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
Designing Cultural Commons is a series of three lectures centred on design for cultural commons curated by academic Torange Khonsari and connected to new Cass MA Designing Cultural Commons. At each session taking place between March and May 2018, a series of speakers will explore a different aspect of the cultural Commons conversation: Civic Ecology Commons, City and Commons and finally Localism and Commons.
The Commons discourse is informed by an idea, which has been around for hundreds of years. In a contemporary context of much inequality, the Commons discourse introduces models of sharing. The Commons are about the assets that belong to everyone, forming resources that should benefit all, rather than being enclosed to just a few. The current debate revolves around how these shared assets are created, governed, used and distributed without overuse and abuse.