Diverse Economies, Ecologies and Practices of Urban Commoning

Title: Diverse Economies, Ecologies and Practices of Urban Commoning

Authors: Doina Petrescu and Katherine Gibson

In: Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, ed. by Hélène Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson and Helen Runting (London: Routledge, 2018), Chapter 17. ISBN: 9780203729717 (ebk.)

Year: 2018

Abstract: Why it is important to re-embed economy in ecology? What type of urban practice will support this? How could feminist approaches help in promoting a new set of economic-ecological values in urban practice?

In dialogue, Katherine Gibson and Doina Petrescu discuss their work on diverse economies and ecologies. Katherine reflects on approaches to feminizing the economy and the diverse economies research program that she and Julie Graham (as J.K. Gibson-Graham) established. She draws on examples of recent research by members of the Community Economies Collective that is developing thinking around materiality and more-than-human ethical engagements.Doina Petrescu discusses her practice with atelier d’architecture autogeree (aaa) and their approach involving a tactical reappropriation and collective investment of urban spaces spaces by citizens in order to invent new forms of property and shared living that are more ethical and more ecological. She introduces one of their latest projects, R-Urban, a strategy of urban resilience based on urban commons and will argue about the importance of ‘collective governance’ (Ostrom) and ‘diverse economies’ (Gibson-Graham) in practices of urban commoning. She advocates for new roles architects and architecture can take to support such practices.