Public space serves an essential role within civil society, and even in its classical form, it holds promise. Yet it is currently mutating into something monstrous, turning against the public it was designed for. And while the commons claims to provide for both itself and for others, it also risks to legitimize neoliberal precarity as policy. This leaves the public vexed, but not ignored. The commons should be believed in, just not depended on. What lies in between the history of public space and the notion of the commons is a frontier in the struggle for political equity and social equality. In order to imagine tomorrow, we should ask ourselves how is this struggle is being fought today, and where its battlefields lie.

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Michael Stone-Richards
The West is in abandonment. —Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet 1 That abandoned being, for us—and by us, perhaps—corresponds to the exhaustion of...
Anna Puigjaner
The idea of home is ultimately a cultural construction whose malleable limits go beyond its physicality. A home, and its kitchen, is therefore a...
Rahel Aima
Earlier this year, I visited Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art. The I.M. Pei-designed building is immediately stunning in its synthesis of different...
Space is governed by a diverse, contingent, and often contradictory set of policies, practices, and physical artifacts that determine who gets to...
Nick Axel, Vere van Gool, Joseph Grima, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle
Future Public is a collaboration between the New Museum’s IdeasCity initiative and e-flux Architecture for IdeasCity New York, 2017,...
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The Commons, Public Space, Privatization, Dispossession

Future Public is a collaboration between the New Museum’s IdeasCity initiative and e-flux Architecture for IdeasCity New York, 2017.

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  • Nick Axel, Vere van Gool, Joseph Grima, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle Editorial
  • Interboro Partners Shore Wars: The Emperor Strikes Back
  • Rahel Aima Free Culture?
  • Anna Puigjaner Kitchen Stories
  • Michael Stone-Richards Care Comes in the Wake of Retreat
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