U!REKA Urban Commons Lecture (Online)

Co-Production – Commons – Resilience. Concepts and Influences on the development of inclusive urban spaces.


‘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).

We warmly invite you to join the lecture on June 27th 2022 at 15:00 pm (CET) by Paola Alfaro-d’Alençon, Nikolaus Podlaha and Federico Castracane (Team DFG_KOPRO Int.), with the title Co-Production – Commons – Resilience. Concepts and Influences on the development of inclusive urban spaces”.


DFG_KOPRO Int. for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft investigates different concepts and approaches to ‘co-production’ practices based on Elinor Ostrom and the theories of the Commons. Built as an international comparative study between Europe and Latin America, in particular between Berlin and Santiago de Chile. The goal is to research the interdependencies and benefits of different forms of co-production and which specific new instruments of collaborative structures are currently being developed and tested in projects as well as what urban impacts cooperative approaches can manifest to socio-spatial material consequences. The second phase of the project is now set to further explore aspects of sustainability and scaling-up in the atmosphere of tension between contested and collaborative co-production.

Paola Alfaro d’Alençon is an architect and holds a doctoral degree in urban studies. She works with national and international organizations for sustainable urban design and planning, governance processes and climate change frameworks. She is founding member of U-Lab, Studio für Stadt und Raumprozesse in Berlin

Nikolaus Podlaha is research assistant in the project DFG Kopro Int. and member of U-Lab, Studio für Stadt und Raumprozesse. He is currently doing his Master Thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institut for Art and Architecture (IKA).

Federico Castraca joined recently as a research assistant responsible for the project DFG Kopro Int. He is currently doing his Master Thesis at the Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Architektur (IfA).

How to join

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.


Meeting-ID: 830 5839 7471
Meeting-password: U!REKA

To broaden our knowledge on Urban Commons, to inspire students, teachers and other people on the concept of commoning and to present the U!REKA Lab, we are organizing a monthly series of lectures. We invite experts on commons from several European countries, who will look at the concept from a different perspective, discipline or organization.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom.

More information on the lecture series


The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) is a consortium of European universities of applied sciences in Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Ghent, Helsinki, Ostrava and Lisbon. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is one of the founding members. We collaborate in various ways to educate, shape and empower the European professionals of tomorrow.

More information on U!REKA: www.ureka.eu

Published by  Communication 23 June 2022


Start date 27 Jun


15:00 - 16:30