Interview with Iñaki Lopez de Foronda from Errekaleor

Errekaleor is a former working class neighbourhood that is situated in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Araba/Álava in northern Spain. During the economic crisis, the public services were scaled down as part of severe austerity measures and the barrio was for the most part abandoned. However, in 2013 […]

Research, Spain / 27 Mar 2018

Interview with Sophie Ghyselen from Commons Josaphat

Sophie Ghyselen from Commons Josaphat talked to us about the origins, development, aims and future prospects of this common initiative on an urban wasteland site with a size of 32 football pitches. It is situated in Brussels, on the border between Schaerbeek and Evere. As mentioned on their website, they “emphasise common ownership and sharing […]

Belgium, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Logan Strenchock from CE University

Logan Strenchock lives in Hungary’s capital Budapest, but is originally from Pennsylvania in the United States. During his studies he travelled around a lot: after he had lived in the US for twenty years, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and Historic Preservation of Monuments and Structures in Italy and Spain, then he […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Danilo Prnjat from DeMaterijalizacija umetnosti

The Montenegro born Danilo Prnjat uses the autonomy of art to reflect critically on the Serbian and European society as well as to develop alternative models of community building, including economic alternatives with equal and righteous relations of production. As an art critic, he challenges the dominant neo-liberal ideology, the mass privatisations and commodification of art. […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with an organising member of Calafou

Since 2011, the so-called ‘Colonia ecoindustrial postcapitalista’ – in short: Calafou – is located in the ruins of an abandoned textile factory. We interviewed one of the members (who would like to stay anonymous) of this post-capitalist community, situated near the tiny Catalan town of Valbona, 65 kilometres from Barcelona. The community encompasses among other things a […]

Catalonia, Research, Spain / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Vedran Horvat from the Institute of Political Ecology

“My name is Vedran Horvat. I’m sociologist by background and work as a managing director of the Institute of Political Ecology since a few years. We are a fairly new organisation that has the primary aim to show in which way environmental risks and benefits are distributed in society according to gender, class or any […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Drazen Simlesa from ZMAG

ZMAG (Green Network of Activist Groups) is an association established in 2002 in Croatia which unites organic gardeners and food producers, practitioners of sustainable technology and engineering, permaculture designers, economic justice model researchers and participative forms of organising. ZMAG deals with the promotion, education and application of permaculture ethics and establishing a foundation for sustainability which […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the three organisations running Les Grands Voisins

From 2015 until the end of 2017 Les Grands Voisins occupied the area of the old hospital of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, in the heart of Paris. This project was all about sharing the values of hospitality and generosity, creating a spot for exchange and sociability. The project originated from the struggle against social exclusion and the idea was […]

France, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Fanin Toth from Aurora

In Budapest we met Fanin Toth. She is currently coordinator of Aurora, a café, community centre and hub for political activists in the 8th district. Toth tells us about the gentrification the residents of Budapest are suffering from and analyses the transition from communist dictatorship to the so-called ‘democracy’ of Viktor Orban, who’s scapegoating NGOs […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Luka Tomac from Friends of the Earth

“My name is Luka Tomac. I come from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. During the last ten years I’ve been involved in a mix of environmental, cultural and climate activism. I work on national and international campaigns against the fossil fuel industry as well as on positive campaigns that promote renewable resources, community driven energy […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Presentation on La ZAD by Isa Fremeaux and John Jordan

Le Zone à Défendre (ZAD) is a large-scale protest movement against the building of a new airport close to the French city Nantes. It all began in 2007. Isa Fremeaux was teaching Media and Cultural Studies at the Birkbeck University in London, but she quit the job to escape from the academic world to look […]

France, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Iva Cukic from Ministry of Space

In Serbia’s capital Belgrade we met Iva Cukic, who is a member of the urban development organisation Ministry of Space. They often squat urban spaces that are abandoned or neglected, even after the spaces are privatised. Ministry of Space revitalises these spaces by rearranging them as workplaces, housing or alternative art galleries, starting from the […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the practical philosophy driving Termokiss

Termokiss philosophy just warming up SOCIAL CONCEPT HAS PEOPLE — NOT PROFIT — AT ITS HEART. On the outskirts of Prishtina is a large construction with expansive flat surroundings containing nothing but grass. Belonging partially to the Municipality of Prishtina and partially to the public heating company Termokos, it has stood vacant for years. The […]

Kosovo, Research / 09 Mar 2018