Institute in Paris
Univresity of London Institute in Paris
Peabody Square, Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HU
Event dates
, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm GMT

'Commons, Wilds, Infrastructures' is a research project led by Dr John Bingham-Hall, as part of the Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship, a fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The core of the research is around three collective walks, in Paris and in London, each (literally) exploring public atmospheres at three different scales. This work will connect infrastructural critique to public sphere theory, design research and studies of urban ecology. 

This third walk focuses on 'Commons'. Urban commoning aims to counter the passive consumption of the neoliberal public realm by creating community around the cultivation of collective resources. Community gardens have come to represent so much about how commoning is imagined, but they raise important questions. Commoning is an energetic, messy process – manifested in the act of gardening – but its spaces and aesthetics can risk being co-opted as symbols of social inclusion, without challenging the unequal power structures of the public. What kinds of community are imagined in different modes of gardening, and what are the ecologies of these different imaginaries? Can we get past the co-opting of commoning aesthetics by thinking gardens as settings of communication, demanded by the conflicts and negotiations of sharing?

Bringing together scholars with artists and activists, equipping participants with both observational tools and frames, drawing on sonic and choreographic walking methods, this research project aims to produce a critical cartography of connections between human and non-human cultures.

The day starts with a seminar and is folllowed by a collective walk in London. Scroll down to discover the various guest speakers' profiles and the detailed programme of the day.


Presentations and Profiles of Speakers

Programme - 7 June 2022