This book provides an urgent framework and collective reflection on understanding ways to reconsider and recast architecture within ideas and politics of the commons and practices of commoning.

Architecture from Public to Commons opens with Institutions the dialogue with the scales of the commons, the limits of language for fluid identities, the practices and challenges of architecture as an institution, the design of objects with apparent shared value in Chile, land protocols that explore alternatives to profit-seeking of property in New York, and spirited conversations about revolting against architectural labor from Latin America. Continuing chapters explore, under Territories, the boundaries of Blackness across the Atlantic between Ethiopia and Atlanta, the underground woven network with conflicting grounds of ipê wood between Brazil and the US, water cycles in depleted territories in Chile, indigenous women-led territorial and human rights struggles in Guatemala, climate change accidental commons in California, and the active search for racial justice between design and place in New Orleans. Contributions range from theoretical and historical essays to current case studies of on-the-ground practices in the US, the Middle East, Europe, and Central and South America.

Bringing together architects, scholars, artists, historians, sociologists, curators, and activists, this book instils an urgent framework and renewed set of tools to pivot from architecture’s traditional public to a politicized commons. It will greatly interest students, academics, and researchers in architecture, urban design, architectural theory, landscape architecture, political economy, and sociology.

chapter |17 pages


Architecture Under a Commons Lens

part I|118 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

The Scale of Commons

Thresholds Infrastructures

chapter 2|18 pages

A Language Act

Making Language with and for Fluid Identities

chapter 4|22 pages

Common Goods

Reanimation of Lost Industrial Design Objects in Allende's Chile

chapter 5|20 pages

In Land We Trust

chapter 6|24 pages

La mesa, la olla, las hojas

A Conversation on the Revolts of Spatial-Doings Beyond-Against and Beyond Architectural Labor

part II|118 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Black Spatial Intonation 1

chapter 9|17 pages

Unearthing and Reversing

Exhausting the Water Cycle

chapter 10|19 pages

Design in Participatory Justice Processes

The Sepur Zarco Case of Guatemala

chapter 11|19 pages

The Accidental Commons

Tools for Redistributing Climate Risk

chapter 12|22 pages

Design and Justice

Power and Place

part III|13 pages