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Charging the Commons at Placemaking Week

Next week, Caradt’s researcher Tara Karpinski, together with Zsuzsanna Tomor, and Martijn de Waal will be presenting the session “Becommoning” – A Design Framework for the Initiation of New Commons at the Placemaking Europe Week, in Strasbourg.

The session will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 14:30 – 15:00, and will explore which factors hinder or stimulate the development of (urban) commons initiatives, which practical steps can be taken, and to what extent external actors can support sharing communities. See more about about the session herearrow

The “Becommoning” design framework is part of the ongoing research project ‘Charging the Commons’, led by AUAS – Civic Interaction Design Research Group and developed in collaboration with Tara Karpinski and Michel Van Dartel from Caradt’s Research Group: Situated Art & Design, and consortium partners.

Charging the Commons

Charging the Commons is a follow-up project to Circulatearrow which investigated the design of digital platforms for resource communities. It explores how a situated design approach can be employed to articulate the social values of resource communities. The second phase of the project examines how these values can be translated into (digital) tools and designs for the organisation of an urban commons.

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‘My practice is situated in between different actors, in this shape-shifting middle many things can happen.’

Tara Karpinski is a designer, researcher and educator working in the realm of social practice. She holds a BA in photography and art history from the Savannah College of Art & Design (USA), and an MA from the Sandberg Instituut (NL). Her Master studies were funded by a Netherland-America Foundation grant.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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