Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Can arts and cinema support collective urban action?

U!REKA Urban Commons lecture #5


‘Urban Commons’- what’s behind the buzzword? From local car-sharing to community gardens, neighbourhood assistance programmes and local currencies – civic initiatives, based on the principle of common ownership, are on the rise. So too are questions about this new form of governance: How are they organised? What’s the impact of urban commons on areas ranging from social life and culture, to mobility, elderly care, climate change and housing? How does this kind of cooperation foster the Sustainable Development Goals?

Join the U!R Commons lecture series to dive into this hot topic during interactive online lectures, hosted by the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA).

28 June

Can arts and cinema support collective urban action?
Luís Miguel Fonseca (Politécnico de Lisboa)

Luís Fonseca studied film at Lisbon Film School (ESTC). He worked as an assistant director and script supervisor for several years between 1990 and 2004 and directed the feature film Before time changes (2003), premiered in November 2003 at the Turin International Youth Film Festival, that won the Fipresci prize at the International Film Festival of Independiente in Buenos Aires, and the Special Jury Prize and the Revelation Prize at the Luso-Brazilian Film Festival of Santa Maria da Feira, while being selected for several international film festivals.

In the theater, he collaborated on several occasions with the director Mónica Calle, in the company Casa Conveniente of which he was also a co-founder. He also translated plays by Stephen Berkoff, Caryl Churchill, Sam Shepard, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Edward Albee, and Samuel Beckett. In 2013, Luís Fonseca was a founding member of the cultural association Zona Não Vigiada. He teaches at ESTC since 2005 and, since 2019, heads the film department in the same school.

More information on the lecture series


These free lectures are open to all students and staff at U!REKA partner institutions as well as R&D stakeholders, private and public sector parties and anyone else who is interested in urban commons, co-creation and social innovation.

  • The sessions run from 15:00 – 16:30 pm (CET) on Zoom.
  • Please note that registration for the workshops is required.
  • You’ll receive a link to the Zoom session prior to the event.
Published by  Communication 28 June 2021


Start date 28 Jun


15:00 - 16:30