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Designing

Commoning

atelier darchitecture autogre

is an activist practice working with alternative strategies and tactics for a


bottom up transformation of the city by its inhabitants.
Founded in Paris in 2001, the platform includes architects, artists, urban
planners, landscape designers, sociologists, students and residents.

We facilitate the re-appropriation of space by residents and the creation of


places for new collective practices and reinvented urban commons.

www.urbantactics.org

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R-Urban

ZUS - Zones Urbaines Sensibles / Socialy Depriv

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Ecobox

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ECObox
A network of temporary and mobile
self-managed spaces
La Chapelle (Paris 18e) - 2001 / ongoing

Cartography of temporary available spaces

Cartography of potential local actors

Urban trash used for construction

RECLAIMING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING
MAKING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY
CONVIVIALITY
DEBATING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY
CONVIVIALITY
DEBATING
CO-MANAGEMENT
LOCAL CULTURE

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY
CONVIVIALITY
DEBATING
CO-MANAGEMENT
LOCAL CULTURE
CROSS PROGRAMMING
COMMONING
SELF-MENAGEMENT

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY
CONVIVIALITY
DEBATING
CO-MANAGEMENT
LOCAL CULTURE
CROSS PROGRAMMING
COMMONING
SELF-MENAGEMENT
PROTESTING
RECLAIMING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY
CONVIVIALITY
DEBATING
CO-MANAGEMENT
LOCAL CULTURE
CROSS PROGRAMMING
COMMONING
SELF-MENAGEMENT
PROTESTING
RECLAIMING
DISMANTLING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

MAKING
PARTYING
COLLECTIVE DESIGN
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY
SKILL EXCHANGE
BROADCASTING
CULTURAL PRODUCTION
PLAY
GARDEN DEBATE
COLLECTIVE READING
SHARED TIME
MICRO-ECONOMY
CONVIVIALITY
DEBATING
CO-MANAGEMENT
LOCAL CULTURE
CROSS PROGRAMMING
COMMONING
SELF-MENAGEMENT
PROTESTING
RECLAIMING
DISMANTLING
RE-OCCUPYING

RECLAIMING
SELF-BUILDING
GARDENING
CHATTING

ECObox 1

(20022005)

ECObox 2 - (2006-2007)

ECObox 3 -

2009 ongoing

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2003

2004

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2005 >

2001
2001

2001 2003

2003

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2005

Economy scape

Ecobox - multiple agencies and actor networks

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A self-managed ecological and cultural urban interstice
St. Blaise (Paris 20e) - 2006 / ongoing

Passage 56 - locally closed loops

Free time = time for action


(ecological, social, political)
Temporary available space = space for
participative democracy and right to the city

R-URBAN
Urban resilience
2009-ongoing

an open-source framework of resilient


regeneration rooted in everyday life practices,
shared uses, collective governance,
local and trans-local networks and ecological
facilities co-produced by the city dwellers
2009-ongoing

CIVIC HUBS
for
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL and ECOLOGICAL CHANGE

EMERGENT
SOCIAL and ECOLOGICAL STAKEHOLDERS

LOCALLY CLOSED
ECONOMIC and ECOLOGICAL CIRCUITS

COLOMBES
82000 inhabitants
17% unemployment rate
450 civic organisations

Three CIVIC HUBS facilitate ecological and economic local networks

AGROCIT

AGROCIT, a hub for civic agriculture, pedagogy


and eco-culture

AGROCIT consists in an experimental micro-farm, collective gardens, education and


cultural facilities, community caf and a local mini-market

AGROCIT transforms a temporarily available derelict plot


into a space for co-production

In 2012, AGROCIT began to take shape

First sowing

A prototype of compost heating was built and tested

Grey water plant filterig system and green roof & walls

RECYCLAB

RECYCLAB provides various types of equipment for the


recycling and reusing of urban waste and its transformation into
materials and micro-assemblages for eco-construction

The waste is locally collected and reused. The hub is able to reduce waste by 75%
and CO2 emissions by 200t/year

PARTICIPATIVE
GOVERNANCE

SOCIAL & ECOLOGIAL


ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Recycling workshop

Repair Caf

cafcaf

Ecodesign
Participative Pedagogy
Coaching

RECYCLAB

Local materials
database

Local Shop & Caf


Training
Skill sharing

Farm Market

Mutual help

Seminars

AGROCIT

Yvon
Worm compost

ALAIN
Bee keeping

BENOIT
Compost for community

CATHERINE
Local Market

STEPHANE &
ELODIE
Recycling and
Eco-construction
KAMEL & PATRICIA
Community
Supported
Agriculture AMAP

MARGARIDA
Cooperative
Canteen

in 5 years:
- 20 new jobs
- 28t CO2 and 330t waste / year reduction
- 50% electricity produced locally
- 40% ecological footprint reduction

ECONOMIC
MODEL

Research
2010

Partnership
setting
2011

240 000
20 000
Seed Public Investment

Civic Hubs
Construction
2012

700 000

Social-Ecological
Entrepreneurship

2013

2014

200 000/year revenue


Agrocite + Recyclab

Cooperative
Development Trust
2015

2016

500 000/year
100 000/ year
Civic Investment

R-URBAN Genvilliers
R-URBAN Colombes
R-URBAN Asnieres

R-URBAN Nanterre

R-URBAN Paris 20e

R-URBAN Barking
and Dagenham

R-URBAN Bagneux

www.r-urban.net
The R-URBAN network will evolve gradually
into a large-scale civic movement

#saveRURBAN