DGML: Assessing the democratization, innovation and sustainability potential of “design global, manufacture local”

Summary: The goal of this multiphase, pilot-driven project is to explore the contours of an emerging mode of production that builds on the confluence of the digital commons of knowledge, software, and design with local manufacturing technologies (e.g. from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts).  This convergence could play a key role in ...

Distributed design market platform

Summary: The Distributed Design Market Platform (DDMP) aims to strengthen a creative community of more than 10.000 registered users who are fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, ages 5 to 75+, located in more than 40 countries in more than 1000 Fab Labs. The Platform aims at promoting and improving the connection of ...

The emergence of urban makerspaces

Full title: “Making (in) the smart city: The emergence of makerspaces”, co-authored by Vasilis Niaros, Vasilis Kostakis & Wolfgang Drechsler. Summary: 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 ...

Commoning the “smart city”

Full title: “Introducing a taxonomy of the ‘smart city’: Towards a commons-oriented approach?“, written by Vasilis Niaros. Summary: 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 ...

Cooperland: Infrastructures for social cooperation

Summary: 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

Full title: “A peer-to-peer approach to energy production“, co-authored by Chris Giotitsas, Alex Pazaitis & Vasilis Kostakis. Summary: 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 ...

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

Full title: “Peer production and desktop manufacturing: The case of the Helix_T wind turbine“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Michail Fountouklis & Wolfgang Drechsler. Summary: 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 ...

Production and governance in hackerspaces

Full title: “Production and governance in hackerspaces: A manifestation of commons-based peer production in the physical realm?“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Vasilis Niaros & Chris Giotitsas. Summary: 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 ...

Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of P2P infrastructures

Full title: “Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of peer-to-peer infrastructures: Four future scenarios with an impact on smart cities“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis, Michel Bauwens & Vasilis Niaros. Summary: 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 ...