Creating the Everyday Commons; Towards Spatial Patterns of Sharing Culture
By Eleni Katrini
In an effort to put the relation between space and sharing culture in the foreground, this research draws from the fields of sharing, the commons, and social practices, as well as theories of space, human behavior, and social relations, while grounding itself in empirical research. Through a series of ongoing, in-depth case studies in UK and Greece, with interviews, mapping, and spatial documentation; this article intends to bring physical space in focus as a quintessential element of sharing culture. For each sharing culture case study, space is studied on three different encompassing scales; building, threshold, and urban to identify emerging cross-case spatial patterns. On the building scale I address issues of domesticity and mutual appropriation between the sharing practice and the physical space it occupies. On the threshold scale , I investigate how the immediate spatial context of the practice influences its relationship with its surrounding community. Finally, on the urban scale I reveal spatial factors that can influence the emergence and amplification of sharing culture practices, and which relate to urban dynamics, form, and land use. Following this exploration, this paper's goal is twofold. First, it aims to develop and showcase a new methodological approach to studying the influence of physical space on sharing and collaborative practices. Second, it reveals the first insights from an ongoing research on the spatial patterns of contemporary sharing culture practices.
 Here I am borrowing Stavros Stavrides’ terminology of the threshold space from his book ‘Common Space: The City as Commons’ (2016. Common space: The city as commons. London, UK: Zed Books).
(a) definition (b) emergence (c) amplification
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(a) research inquiry (b) research design (c) scales
(a) on building scale (b) on threshold scale (c) on urban scale
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