Finding common ground on the threshold: an experiment in critical urban learning

Cognetti, Francesca and De Carli, Beatrice (2024) Finding common ground on the threshold: an experiment in critical urban learning. Planning Theory. ISSN 1741-3052

Cognetti De Carli (2023) Finding Common Ground.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (256kB) | Preview
cognetti-de-carli-2024-finding-common-ground-on-the-threshold-an-experiment-in-critical-urban-learning.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0.

Download (1MB) | Preview
Official URL:

Abstract / Description

The paper explores the role of academic institutions in urban commoning, which involves sharing and collaborating to manage common resources. Specifically, it analyses the impact of an experimental programme, Practices of Urban Inclusion, on fostering new forms of collaboration and cultures of sharing. The programme was co-designed and co-run by a network of four architecture and urban planning schools and three civil society organisations across four European countries. The paper mobilises the concept of 'threshold spaces' by Stavros Stavrides, to discuss if and how urban knowledge and learning can be co-produced and circulated ‘on the threshold’ between academic and civil society organisations. Practices of Urban Inclusion is thus seen as a threshold space that attempted to bring different subjectivities and forms of knowledge into connection by foregrounding experiential knowledge, fostering collaborative learning, and connecting temporalities. The paper reflects on the key characteristics of the programme and highlights some of its commoning and un-commoning outcomes. We suggest that conceptualising knowledge co-production through ideas of commoning and threshold spatiality allows for more nuanced understandings of the dynamics of academia-civil society collaborations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article accepted for publication in Planning Theory (Sage). Any re-use is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. -- (Article ID: PT-22-0054)
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban commons; commoning; threshold space; critical urban learning; situated knowledges
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Beatrice De Carli
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 11:04
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 16:21


Downloads per month over past year

Downloads each year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item