by CMMM team members
The book Spaces of Commoning: Urban Commons in the Ex-Yu Region provides an overview of classic and critical definitions of the commons, proposes a theoretical framework for urban commons, and offers an interpretative perspective based on the everyday struggles and practices of commons.
This flyer from AKS Gemeinwohl explains the municipal right of preemption and provides contact information for tenants seeking advice and support (available in German, English, and Turkish).
This study "Who evicts in Barcelona?" by ODESC presents an analysis of the role big landlords play in the expulsions from the city (in Catalan).
The study "Investment funds: an industry preying on cities and human rights" by ODESC presents an analysis of investment funds in Barcelona from an international perspective.
The interactive map "Where Is the Plan?" by MoS collective shows all planning documents at the city level in Belgrade that are in the process of being drafted or that have been adopted (as of 2022). The map also shows the opportunities for citizen participation in the drafting processes (in Serbian).
Video recording of the public podium discussion "Global housing struggles: experiences from Berlin, Barcelona, and Belgrade," 25 May 2022, Belgrade, in which several CMMM team members participated.
As part of preparing the "General Urban Plan of Belgrade, 2021–2041," MoS produced the film Belgrade 2041: Back to the Future, addressing the questions: What kind of city do we want to live in? How are we dealing with growing problems? What are we doing to make Belgrade a suitable place to live in 20 years?
Short video by students of the TU Berlin Urban Design Masters, who participated in the design studio Београд (Belgrade) 2041. The video presents the imagined scenario "Digital Dystopia," by: Lina Helmstädter, Joanna von Essen, Vincent Binkau, Leila Rondic, Lilian Volpert.
In this CMMM project, we were inspired by many existing projects and activities of engaged mobilizers, initiatives, critical mappers, networks, and collectives that are pushing to reshuffle power relations in their geographies. We have learned from them, and here we share the links to a selection of works that we found particularly relevant to our project and the current challenges and struggles regarding the right to housing. They range from publications by our three city teams and collections of critical mapping projects, maps, handbooks to the sites of international networks and local initiatives that caught our attention.
This Is Not an Atlas compiles more than 40 counter-cartographies from all over the world. This collection shows how maps are created and transformed as part of political struggles, for critical research, or in art and education.
In their book Data Feminism (2020, MIT Press), Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein describe a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics based on concepts from intersectional feminism.
Housing Monitor is an interactive online platform for consolidating research, building advocacy, and proposing alternatives to advance (push for) the right to housing in Lebanon.
Precarious Lives is a platform by The Beirut Urban Lab that documents the processes and mechanisms that generate housing precarity in the city of Beirut.
Iconoclasistas is a Buenos Aires-based duo formed by Julia Risler and Pablo Ares. They develop projects combining graphic art, creative mapping, and collective research.
This Manual of Collective Mapping by Iconoclasistas contains a collection of critical cartographic resources for territorial processes of collaborative creation (available in English and Spanish).
Hackitektura (2002–2011) was a "posse" of architects, programmers, artists, and activists dedicated to investigating theoretically and practically the emerging territories in which physical spaces, mobile bodies, and electronic flows meet.
TRES (Ilana Boltvinik + Rodrigo Viñas) is a Mexico-based art research collective that focuses on exploring the implications of public space and garbage through artistic practices that concentrate on the methodological interconnection between and dialogue with science, anthropology, and archaeology, among other disciplines.
Atlas del Cambio (Atlas of Change) is a tool that illustrates the political and territorial transformation taking place in Spain, toward radically democratic and feminist municipal cities and towns (in Spanish).
The Urban Alternatives mapping project aspires to understand and map initiatives emerging from social movements that are claiming the right to the city, occupying urban space, and demanding social justice, democratic participation, cultural spaces, and economic transformations.
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) is a data-visualization, critical cartography, and multimedia storytelling collective, which documents dispossession and resistance against gentrifying landscapes.
596 Acres builds tools to help neighbors see vacant lots as opportunities and create needed green spaces that become focal points for community organization and civic engagement.
The European Municipalist Network (EMN) is intended to strengthen the emerging municipalist ecosystem in Europe and its capacity for social and political transformation from the ground up.
Minim is a crowd-sourced project that originated in response to the need to connect and disseminate the work of people, governments, and political platforms working on municipalism.
European Alternatives is an ongoing experiment in creating a transnational grassroots organization. It works to promote democracy, equality, and culture beyond the nation-state and to imagine, demand, and enact alternatives for a viable future.
Fearless Cities is a global municipalist movement of activists, organizations, councilors, and mayors working to radicalize democracy, feminize politics, and drive the transition to an economy that cares for people and our environment.
The Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) at USC Price experiments with ways to see overlooked peoples and places in the city.
Paris-based artists Léonore Bonaccini and Xavier Fourt form Bureau d´études, which for the last several years has been producing cartographies of contemporary political, social, and economic systems.
Morphologies of Tourism is a collection of maps that describe the impact of tourism in Barcelona.
On his personal website, geographer, cartographer and information designer Philippe Rekacewicz shares a selection of his work.
In the study “Who Owns the City?” Christoph Trautvetter presents an analysis of property owner groups and their practices in the Berlin real-estate market.
In the study “Transparency Register: No Transparency,” Christoph Trautvetter presents his research report on anonymity in Berlin’s real-estate market.
Who Owns our Cities? is a project that aims to make the structures and actors involved in the financialization of housing in different cities visible to inform the public and support the debate on political solutions (also see MAP section Berlin).
As our team agreed that it is important to problematize the language we use and to differentiate between the connotations, subjectivities, and political positions that shape the variations in discourses, in the first year of the project, we embarked on creating a “Glossary” to map and reflect the various understandings of the terms critical mapping, municipalist movements, housing, and tentacled terms.
This dynamic glossary, featured on this website, brings together definitions from (i) our city teams and their networks (filter: CMMM Wall); (ii) activists or public media and blogs (filter: Activist / Media); (iii) published scholarly sources (filter: Scholarly); and (iv) institutions relevant to our work (either because they echo a stance that resonates with our own, or because they advocate an oppositional one, filter: Institutional). Therefore, this visual illustration often features multiple definitions for each term. Here we note that definitions from literary sources are extractions from larger works. If you wish to learn about the full context in which they were produced, please refer to the indicated source.
Although we had initially foreseen this glossary as an activity that would continue to evolve and be reflected upon over the course of the project, the changes in the scopes of other outcomes and the time investment and effort required by those issues forced us to abandon this initial plan. The glossary that is featured here was thus created in the first phase of the project in efforts led by our colleague Lýdia Grešáková and was not re-visited afterward.