Reclaiming the commons

On my Masters in Sustainable Design, I’ve started exploring ideas around the Commons, access to and use of public space, and how design models might influence behaviour and perhaps even promote responsible attitudes to our environment.

My poster, currently exhibited in the university, pieces together components that feel important: access to natural resources such as water, the inclusion of nature, aspects of sharing/DIY/open source.

Can we reclaim the urban commons for the public, rather than for private enterprise, and in doing so encourage participation across communities?

What strategies can we use to reimagine urban communing for collaboration, sharing and collective ownership. Can it be scaled up to influence the workings of a municipality – particularly to tackle issues around sustainability?

This work begins to explore the commons as space and also as process, and identify ways to foster a shared responsibility for its future. How can design practices contribute to a commons-based civic movement?