The last session of The Designing for Cultural Commons lecture series will bring together a community development academic, an activist and an architect to look at the role of an essential urban resource - Land and our right to a home. Speakers will foreground how the commercialization of the city and enclosure of land effects our relationship to our homes and how the commons can address it. The speakers range from academics, activists and practitioners setting the scene for an interdisciplinary discussion on the topic.
Siôn Whellens is an activist and has co-designed and launched SolidFund (the Worker Cooperative Solidarity Fund) in 2015. SolidFund supports co-op education, co-mentoring, skills development and organisation projects. He is a Co-op business adviser and advocate for common ownership models.
Patrick Mulrenan will discuss his research on homeless among university students. The findings indicate that homelessness is a significant problem among London University students, and reflects a long term process of individualising both housing and higher education in the UK.
Hester Buck is an architect part of the collective public works and will talk about her most recent research at the Design Museum on the relationship between the home and the public space of the city, specifically focusing on women.
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.