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1st Thematic IASC-Conference on the Urban Commons (Bologna, November 6-7, 2015)

‘The city as a commons: reconceiving urban space, common goods, and city governance'

Date: November 6-7, 2015

Venue: Bologna (Italy)

Conference chairs: Christian Iaione, Sheila Foster

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Inspired by the recently implemented Bologna Regulation on Collaboration for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons, as well as by other commons-based experiments in cities around Italy by the LabGov project (e.g. Co-Mantova, Co-Battipaglia and Co-Palermo), the 1st IASC Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons will bring together leading scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and social innovators to take stock of the developments in the interdisciplinary study of the urban commons and related questions of urban governance.

Although the urban commons has increasingly appeared as a topic of scholarly inquiry, there has yet to be sustained attention to the research questions, methodologies, and disciplinary approaches necessary to more fully conceptualize and develop the idea of the “urban commons” and the new challenges and facets it introduces into the ongoing study of the commons in diverse fields.

The conference will seek to better understand the idea of urban commons at different scales, under what circumstances and contexts urban commons emerge, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them. The conference will stress the importance of an “urban commons narrative” for urban infrastructure, urban welfare, and urban development. Additionally, the conference will focus on questions of urban governance and will explore different frameworks for governing common urban resources, and the city, in a collaborative manner.

The conference will highlight six thematic questions, which are:

- Conceiving the urban commons
- Mapping the urban commons
- The urban commons and democratic innovation
- The collaborative/sharing economy as the basis for a commons-based urban economy
- Social innovation as the basis for a commons-based urban welfare
- Designing and governing the commons as a commons

Keynote lectures by:

- Tine De Moor, Utrecht University / President of the IASC
- Richard Sennett, London School of Economics and Political Science/New York University
- Michel Bauwens, Commons Strategies Group
- David Bollier, Commons Strategies Group
- Ezio Manzini, University of the Arts London/Politecnico di Milano/Tongji University/Jiangnan University
- Silke Helfrich, Commons Strategies Group

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