Funding the Cooperative City

Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces

Funding the Cooperative City

Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces
Architecture should be more about access, rights, and resources than forms, images and algorithms
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Funding the Cooperative City looks into the financial and economic structures that define the ownership of and the right to spaces. Within the context of the post-welfare transition of Western societies defined by austerity measures, unemployment, the financialisation of real estate and speculation-driven urban development, it is particularly important to create awareness, offer strategies and provide tools for community-led urban development. Funding the Cooperative City explores different mechanisms of fundraising and investment; shared ownership and long-term land lease, self-organisation, resistance and cooperation with institutions; and highlights the ways citizen initiatives, cooperatives, non-profit companies, community land trusts, crowdfunding platforms, ethical banks and anti-speculation foundations can step out of the regular dynamisms of real estate development and arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, renovate or construct buildings for communities.

ExRotaprint in Berlin: an example of collective ownership and the involvement of anti-speculation foundations

Largo Residencias in Lisbon: an example of how can a building a hub for the social economy and neighbourhood employment

Paralelni Polis in Prague: an example of how can virtual currencies be channeled into physical spaces

Stara Trznica in Bratislava: an example for long-term public-civic partnership in rethinking a public building

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust in Liverpool: an example for the community ownership of land

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Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak
Via Ettore Giovenale 80
Eutropian is a planning, policy and research organisation building urban partnerships. We work with municipalities, NGOs, community groups and EU institutions across Europe in participatory planning and policy development as well as in fundraising, stakeholder involvement and communication. We connect various actors around challenges of urban regeneration and social innovation, supporting development through responsible economic, environmental and social models, based on existing resources.

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