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Common Ground: Cultural Commons and The City

07 June 2023

9:00 -15:00

This symposium will frame the commons as the sphere of community, asking both speakers and participants:
‘How can the commons provide new ways to address the precariousness of working & living with/in urban communities?’

Bringing together academics, activists, and community leaders to explore how the public and the government can work together to use art and design to create magnificent shared spaces (called "commons") for us all.

Shared spaces can use art and design to address societal concerns such as civic apathy, consumerism, and individualism - which in turn will help communities to build trust and take positive action together.

Join us for a day of discussion and exchange

9.00 - 9.30 - Reception and Coffee
9.30 - 10.00 - Introduction - Dr Torange Khonsari with Dr Beatrice De Carli and London Met Labs - London Metropolitan University
10.00 - 10.20- Fashion Commons - Alice Holloway - Little Black Pants Club
10.20 - 10.4 - ‘Making:Time’ - Art Commons - Miki Holloway - artist and researcher
10.40 - 11.00 - Ecological Common - Andreas Lang - Public Works and Central St. Martins
11.15 - 11.35 - ‘Two Stories of Becoming Vulnerable In Commons’ - Emre Akbil and Dr Beatrice De Carli - Urban Commons Research Collective
11.35 - 11.55 - ‘Crafting and Commoning: Points of Connection’ - Craft Commons - Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd - Nottingham Trent University
11.55 - 12.15 - ‘Feminist Design Commons’ - Dr Sharon Prendeville - Loughborough University
12.15 - 13.00 - Panel discussion - All speakers: What do the commons mean for the city?
Afternoon - Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 - Charette: What could the commons do for the Royal Docks?
Event organised by course and research area Design for Cultural Commons and Londonmet Lab at London Metropolitan University



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E16 1ZE


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