Diagnosing the legacy of housing commons in Berlin

Presentation of the results of the Commoning Housing project at the International Symposium Diagnose 1968/2018. Critical Perspectives on the Legacy of Reform and Revolt in Architecture, Planning and Urbanism, 13-15 December, Institut of Architecture, la Technische Universität Berlin, organised by Prof. Nina Gribat & Prof. Philipp Misselwitz. The presentation was part of the session titled ‘Housing’, which […]

Collaborative housing and ‘common codes’

On the 10th of July 2018 we presentated results from our COPHAB (Housing Co-production) project at the international workshop Inclusive Collaborative Housing Futures: towards an international agenda, which was held at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. The workshop programme, organised and chaired by Dr Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (University of Lancaster) included presentations by key scholars on collaborative […]

‘Social mobilization and the commons’ IASC Workshop 2018

On the 22nd of June Mara participated in the International Association for the Study of the Commons’ Workshop ‘Social mobilization and the commons: a virtuous circle?’ (Barcelona, Spain, June 21-22, 2018). Her paper ‘From squatting to short-life to permanent co-ops: the untold story of housing commoning in London’ presented preliminary findings from fieldwork conducted in […]

From squats to co-ops debate

On the 28th March 2018, the London archive and education space Mayday Rooms hosted the public event ‘From squats to co-ops: reflections on commoning housing’. The evening included a presentation by Mara on the little known but fascinating history of how organised squatters in early 1970s London formalised the rehabilitation and self-management of empty homes as housing co-operatives. […]

Visiting Abeona Housing Co-operative

On 7th February 2018 Mara visited the Abeona Housing Co-operative in the London Borough of Camden to meet some of its founding members. The kernel of the co-operative started in the early 1970s during the squatting and shortlife housing movements in London. In 1983, it was finally registered to provide permanent low-cost co-operative housing for […]

Learning about Newham’s Short and Long-Life Housing Co-operatives

On 5th February 2018 Mara went to Stratford, in the London Borough of Newham to interview members of the Newham Long-life Housing Co-operative and its emergence from the short-life cooperative housing movement of the 1970s and 1980s. The Longlife Housing Co-operative Limited is a fully-mutual housing co-operative set up in 1981. While at its origins […]

Workshop Democ2016

On 14th December 2017 we participated in the second workshop DEMOC 2016 at the Generalitat of Catalonia, Departament d’Afers i Relacions Institucionals i Exteriors i Transparència, Sub-direcció General de Qualitat Democràtica. During the workshop we presented the development of the COPHAB project, preliminary findings and methodological reflections, and participated in a wider debate about content and […]