Book review: Common Space: The City as Commons

Matina Kapsali, Maria Karagianni

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Debates on the urban commons have gained ground during the last decade, in academic and activist circles alike. In what has grown to be a vast academic literature, scholarsfrom fields as diverse as urban and human geography, sociology, political theory and urban planning, have demonstrated that the urban commons could provide the way forward for the creation of more just and democratic urban futures. Stavros Stavrides, an architect, activist and academic, has already written extensively on issues pertaining to commoning practices and their emancipatory potential (Stavrides, 2002, 2007,2010a, 2010b, 2012, 2014, 2015). This book comes to be added in a series of recently edi-ted volumes that look deeper in the theory and practice of the urban commons (Borchand Kornberger, 2015; Dellenbaugh et al.,2015; Robles-Duran, 2014). But, not with-standing the significant inputs of the afore-mentioned volumes, Stavrides’ book is the first book-length attempt to produce a coherent analysis framework on the urban commons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2674-2677
Number of pages4
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number11
Early online date21 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


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