commonspace is a collaborative – interdisciplinary planning and design group that works since 2012. In 2015 was established as a Social Cooperative Enterprise under the name “CPD Creating Spaces” and in 2017 as a Worker Cooperative under its current name. The wide range of commonspace’s members and associates create a network of experts and scientists involved in Urban and Spatial planning and Environmental Management, combining research work and study projects.
So far, the network has collaborated with Universities, Educational Institutions, Public Benefit Institutions, Municipalities, Regional Governments, NGOs and various Enterprises. We have designed and fulfilled projects, studies and programs funded by various public and private institutions. Furthermore, we have developed scientific work and voluntary action on issues related to urban conflicts and social movements, (critical) sustainable development and environmental protection.
commonspace has created a specifically structured methodology and a set of tools regarding Participatory Planning of Public Space. Our main goal is to promote and empower Participatory Planning as a design paradigm that emphasizes involving the entire community in the strategic and management processes of public space planning.
commonspace seeks to combine its professional activities in a wide range of research services, with the constant research activity of its members both in collaboration with academic institutions and independently. Its members and collaborators are specialized scientific staff (PhD and PhD candidates) with special interest in the fields: Urban Planning, Spatial Planning, Sustainable Mobility, Spatial Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, Urban Geography, Economic Geography, Regional Development, Social Geography, Political Sociology etc. Its focus is on the study of cities, the quality of life in them, the social, economic and environmental parameters that affect them and the potential for sustainable social and environmental development.