Localism and Commons

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: Localism and Commons

@ The Cass Thursday, 10 May 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30

The last session of The Designing for Cultural Commons lecture series (before they resume in September) 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.

Speakers
London Metropolitan University, Dr Diana Stirbu – Localism and democracy

Solid Fund, Sion Whellens – Solidarity through cooperation in housing and at work

Public Works, Tom Dobson – Civic commons

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: Localism and Commons

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: Localism and Commons

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. 

Ticket information here


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