Sharing and Space-Commoning Knowledge Through Urban Living Labs Across Different European Cities

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Sharing and Space-Commoning Knowledge Through Urban Living Labs Across Different European Cities


  • Doina Petrescu School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Helena Cermeño Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Carsten Keller Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Carola Moujan UMR 7324 CITERES, National Centre for Scientific Research, France
  • Andrew Belfield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Florian Koch Business School, HTW Berlin, Germany
  • Denise Goff Centre of Sociology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Meike Schalk KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Floris Bernhardt Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, University of Kassel, Germany


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Abstract:  While the growing commodification of housing and public spaces in European cities is producing urban inequalities affecting mostly migrant and vulnerable populations, there are also manifold small-scale neighbourhood-based collaborative processes that seek to co-produce shared urban resources and contribute to more resilient urban developments. As part of the ProSHARE research project that investigates conditions in which sharing takes place and can be expanded to less-represented populations, we focus here on sharing and space-commoning practices within urban living labs. Considered multi-stakeholders sites for innovation, testing, and learning with a strong urban transformative potential, urban living labs have received increasing academic attention in recent years. However, questions related to whether and how labs facilitate processes of exchange and negotiation of knowledge claims and generate spatial knowledge remain largely unexplored. We address this gap by looking at the role urban living labs play in the regeneration of neighbourhoods, asking how sharing and space-commoning practices generate situated spatial knowledge(s) that can be used in planning processes, and what type of settings and methods can facilitate such processes. These questions are addressed in the context of four ProSHARE-Labs located in Berlin, Paris (Bagneux), London, and Vienna, drawing on a cross-case analysis of the functioning of these hubs, the research methods applied in each context, and on the translocal learning and possibilities for upscaling resulting from these parallel experiences.

Keywords:  heterogeneous neighbourhoods; ProSHARE; R-Urban; situated knowledges; spatial knowledge; translocal learning; urban commons; urban living lab

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v7i3.5402


© Doina Petrescu, Helena Cermeño, Carsten Keller, Carola Moujan, Andrew Belfield, Florian Koch, Denise Goff, Meike Schalk, Floris Bernhardt. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.