Contemporary Commoning

Contemporary Commoning is a two year research project investigating the many ways in which ‘commoning’ can contribute to new forms of public space, in the physical as well as the digital realm, and new spaces for public action. This research takes the potential contribution of design and art in these processes of ‘commoning’ as the main point of departure. 

The research is a collaboration between the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Sandberg Institute, Waag | technology & society, UvA | Center for Urban Studies, Casco Art Institute and Studio René Boer, who were awarded an NWO/SIA Smart Cultures grant in 2019.

Grounded in Amsterdam’s Zeeburgereiland, an island on the city’s eastern fringes currently being developed, Contemporary Commoning aims to result in a toolkit of ‘recipes for the commons’.



Researchers Zsuzsanna Tomor, Socrates Schouten and Ronald Rietveld introduce their involvement in the project.

Contemporary Commoning


2019 – 2021


Further material of the process is shared on this page as the research unfolds.


Other research on commons:

“Private Commons: Art & Design Strategies for Public Space from the Netherlands”