The City as a Commons Summer School, hosted by the University of Pavia (1-8 September 2019), aimed to investigate the notion of Urban Commons and their spatial unfolding relationship to the City.
The School focused on their spatial implications, both in terms of spatial practices and in terms of design agencies. It gathered together scholars and practitioners that shared theoretical and practical agendas.
Birmingham City University was one of the academic partners of the event, which involved around 40 students from various countries including Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Greece, Mexico and Brazil. Four students from the BSc Property Development and Planning of Birmingham City University were awarded a studentship to take part in the Summer School. Students intensively worked in international, multidisciplinary teams, alongside scholars and practitioners. Each group explored a local case study via multi-disciplinary fieldwork and a practice based workshop that co-produced spatial proposals together with local communities.