Dan Keech was at a mini-symposium on urban food growing at the OpenSpace Research Centre in Milton Keynes on 13th December. The symposium was called ‘Urban food-growing activities: what prospects for system change?’ and Dan presented a paper called ‘City horticulture – rural identity: World Heritage in Bamberg, Bavaria’.
A Mayoral decision was recently taken to revoke approvals in support of the ‘Garden Bridge’ project across the Thames in central London. Current IASC President, and Senior Research Fellow John Powell discusses why bridges are not just crossing places, are often associated with the characteristics and identity of places and how they are also public goods.
As current IASC President John Powell has been particularly busy at the current international conference in Utrecht. He has not been as prolific as with previous conferences, but has had the opportunity to pen this piece – inspired by a bicycle related altercation he witnessed, about urban commons and how they are (or not) regulated.
Dr John Powell was at the ESRC Workshop on ‘New commons – Vision, Practicalities and Application’ on 18 November, where he presented a paper on ‘New Commons in the rural-urban fringe’.
Dr Matt Reed was in Bologna last week attending an IASC-Conference on Urban Commons, where he presented a paper, penned by himself together with Drs Dan Keech and John Powell, on urban food and commons in the city.
One of the pleasures of urban living is the opportunity to be surprised by artwork that may appear, literally overnight, on the side of buildings, on railway carriages, under bridges, and particularly on large expanses of smooth bare concrete.
The way people experience, use, and access urban space depends in large part on their socio-economic situation. High personal income and a good job can bring access to all the cultural and artistic pleasures a city has to offer, a place to live with the security of property ownership.
A few weeks ago, John Powell from CCRI was in London, and had the opportunity to quickly visit the ‘Designing the Urban Commons’ exhibition at the LSA Atrium Gallery.
There is a new interest in the management of cities and the conceptualisation of shared urban spaces as commons. Scholars and activists have recently been exploring the management and governance of shared spaces such as city streets, green spaces, parks, public squares, and even community gardens (allotments).
John Powell and Chris Short from the CCRI have travelled to Japan for the 14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. In this Blog post, John details presentations and discussion regarding the management of complex commons…