The Politics of Commoning and Designing









Designing participation for commoning in temporary spaces: A case study in Aveiro, Portugal

janaina teles Barbosa, maria Hellström reimer, joão almeida mota

Aveiro University, Malmö University

Keywords: common spaces, aesthetic experiences, collaborative initiatives, urban areas


Western contemporary cities are investing in interactive spaces that promote passive participation through consumption. At the same time there are collaborative networks emerging in those urban areas enabling new forms of participation for the common good. One of the questions design research can raise is how design practices can assist in creating spaces that facilitate processes of commoning. This paper focuses on participatory processes in temporary spaces through the aesthetic experience. The concepts of “commons/commoning” and co- creation are examined from the perspective of Design for Social Innovation, Design Activism and Participatory Design. In this sense, this paper aims to critically analyse an experimental, interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial initiative setting up in a coastal urban community in Portugal. The project explored the possibilities to strengthen community relationships through design collaborations and encounters between different local capacities.

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Cite this paper: Barbosa Teles, J., Hellström Reimer, M., Almeida Mota, J. (2016) Designing Participation for Commoning in Temporary Spaces: A Case Study in Aveiro, Portugal. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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