Cities beyond bureaucracy: Exploring commons-based strategies

Urban researcher Nikos Vrantsis interviews Yavor Tarinski, author of Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology [co-authored with Alexandros Schismenos] (Black Rose Books, 2021), on the current bureaucratic state of cities and the democratic perspectives offered by autonomous urban movements.  Nikos Vrantsis: Day by day, state oppression turns into the new normal. Governmemts invested in […]

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Healing Common Spaces: Psychodrama in Gavdos

Written by Nikolaos-Ioannis Kanavaris, architect, MSc “design, space, culture” NTUA Psychodrama in Gavdos is a workshop that takes place almost 15 years in which over 100 people participate. The target of this seminar, as it is expressed by the coordinator Mr A. Liodakis, is to create a therapeutic com­munity based on solidarity and empathy. This […]

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March 21, 2021

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Moving Beyond the Right to the City: Urban Commoning in Greece

  Written by Theodoros Karyotis   The urban space is the epicentre of social antagonism. At any historical moment, it represents a crystallisation of power relations. While political and economic powers incessantly reform it to better isolate, control and exploit its inhabitants, the latter inevitably seek empowerment through collective mobilisation. After all, this is the […]

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Book review of “Common Space: The City As Commons”

Written by Mehmet Penpecioglu for the International Development Planning Review, 2019 The urban commons is a growing field of both academic inquiry and social struggle. In this book, Stavos Stavrides approaches the urban commons with a comprehensive and coherent analytical  framework that  builds on its theoretical heritage. Key cases are presented from diverse sociopolitical geographies […]

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May 14, 2019

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The Capital-Nation-State Complex and the Environment

Written by Antonis Broumas The Patriarchal Relation with Nature The root causes of the environmental crisis are social and that they lie in social relations of domination and exploitation. Social hierarchies and social stratification have parallel histories with man’s domination over nature. Ecological degradation from human causes precedes capitalism. It is a phenomenon dating back […]

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Commons, Social Ecology and the Transcending of Capitalism

Written by Yavor Tarinski Introduction Life on this planet, as we know it, is a result of fragile environmental conditions that the contemporary predominant neoliberal system has already began to alter. Capitalism and its doctrine of unlimited economic growth seems to completely neglect this dependency and continues to violently exploit nature for the benefit of […]

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