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Designing the Urban Commons

Winning proposals from the ideas competition organised by Theatrum Mundi

A public exhibition in association with LSE Arts

Date: Monday 15 June - Saturday 11 July 2015
Time: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat 12-5pm 
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building

This exhibition showcases the most stimulating and challenging responses to Theatrum Mundi’s 2015 ideas competition Designing the Urban Commons. A fantastic jury assembled and 2300 votes were cast resulting in 10 winners, shown here alongside the highlights of our 2014 New York competition Designing for Free Speech.

This year’s competition invited anyone to re-imagine spaces in London as places for collaboration, sharing and collective ownership. In the context of increasing privatisation and with Britain’s history of common rights, London is the perfect place to test out commoning as an approach to the making of the city.The submissions ranged from online platforms for finding and re-using spaces in the city, to schemes for collective building, playful interventions and theoretical perspectives. Along with the winning design boards, all entries will be shown on rotation on a screen.Theatrum Mundi is delighted to present these ideas as a catalyst for further discussion about commoning, collective life and the ownership of urban space.

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This project has been coordinated by Theatrum Mundi with the support of LSE Cities.

The exhibition is in partnership with LSE Arts and the London Festival of Architecture

Exhibition design by Villalba Lawson

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 10am and 8pm and Saturday between 12pm and 5pm (excluding bank holidays, when the school is closed, at Christmas and Easter, or unless otherwise stated on the web listing). 

For further information email arts@lse.ac.uk or phone on 020 7107 5342. 

Just economics and politics? Think again.  While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School - from weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, and an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors, various film, art and photographic student societies, the annual LSE photo prize competition, the LSE Literary Festival and artist-in-residence projects. For more information please view the  LSE Arts website. 

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