The emergence of urban makerspaces

Abstract: The criticism on the smart city is used as a starting point to highlight the promises of makerspaces, that is to say, those emerging urban sites that promote sharing practices; exercise community-based forms of governance; and utilize localized manufacturing technologies. A bird’s-eye-view of the history of makerspaces is provided tracing their roots back to ...

Phygital: Assessing the practices, innovation and sustainability potential of “design global, manufacture local” model

Note: We use “phygital” as digitally enhanced physical reality and production, to show how the influx of shared knowledge changes and improves production. Summary: This pilot-driven project will document, analyze, test, evaluate, and create awareness about a new mode of value creation, based on the conjunction of the digital commons (e.g. open knowledge, software and ...

Commoning the “smart city”

During the last decade there has been considerable debate over the relatively vague concept of the “smart city”. Nowadays, the smart city has crystallised into an image of a city permeated with top-down and centrally controlled technological infrastructures that promise to improve the urban environment in terms of efficiency, security and sustainability. However, many scholars ...

Cooperland: Infrastructures for social cooperation

Cooperland’s basic hypothesis is that a society in which there is citizen cooperation is a fairer and, ultimately, better. It is also understood that cooperation between different social agents currently faces several types of obstacles. Cooperland raises joint learning spaces between cooperative practices to promote their proliferation and enhancement. Project actions encourage citizen participation through ...

A P2P approach to energy production

This paper strives to provide a theoretical study for energy production and distribution. We thus examine and discuss the evolution of energy systems technologies and their impact on the global socio-economic structure. We critically analyze the evolution of the energy production infrastructure and then review the renewable and decentralized energy production technologies, while focusing on ...

Policy recommendations for a commons-based society

Special issue for the Journal of Peer Production: “Policies for the Commons“, co-edited by George Dafermos & Vasilis Kostakis.

Peer production and desktop manufacturing: The case of the Helix_T wind turbine project

Through the case of the Helix_T wind turbine project, this article sets out to argue two points: first, on a theoretical level, that commons-based peer production, in conjunction with the emerging technological capabilities of three-dimensional printing, can also produce promising hardware, globally designed and locally produced. Second, the commons-oriented wind turbine examined here is also ...

Production and governance in hackerspaces

This research project deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the online communities of commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this study attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their ...

Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of P2P infrastructures

While peer-to-peer (P2P) infrastructures seem to embrace more and more aspects of human activities, conflicts are taking place on the control and uses of the new means of production. Within this context this essay attempts to tentatively introduce four future scenarios for economy and society, namely, netarchical capitalism, distributed capitalism, resilient communities and global commons, ...