Collectives: Shared Activities & Community Building

Rafi Segal

COLLECTIVES refers to the groups and partnerships that seek an architectural-urban project for shared activities and community building. Constituted by a voluntary group of people who organize around shared values and mutual understanding, this kind of collective seeks to improve the way they live – shaping their community, creating a social support system, practicing common ideals and principles, affording better living conditions for their means, and facilitating opportunities to establish friendships.

While in contemporary society the use of the term “community” often refers to groups established within the digital realm, our aim here is to examine the physical manifestation of such notions through their architectural and urban implications. While recent developments in sharing economies, community-based exchange, and collaborative platforms (enhanced and made easier to use through digital technologies) have greatly contributed to expanded notions of the term, these notions should also be considered through a spatial lens. This is not, however, to suggest that ideas of community-based sharing are completely new, on the contrary, but rather to witness the return to ideas of collaboration and sharing seen in the past.

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[1] Arun Sundararajan, The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-based Capitalism (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016), 45.
[2] For further reading, see: Heidi Sohn et al., “Commoning as Differentiated Publicness,” Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal 16 (2015): 1.