‘Common Space is the first of its kind … an in-depth journey into the concept of common space … relevant to students, academics and practitioners alike.’
Environment and Urbanization
‘Stavrides provides a wonderful guide to how we can make urban space common. He draws from the history of social housing and the successes of contemporary protest movements to formulate an exciting political project.’
Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire; Multitude; and Commonwealth
‘A much-needed breath of fresh air. This is a book for all those interested in moving beyond the politics of enclosure, fear and individualism to a politics of hope, possibility and social inclusion in the contemporary city.’
Sophie Watson, The Open University
‘Stavrides was one of the first to open my eyes to the importance of the urban commons. His writings are exciting, a valuable reference for urban activists around the world. He is right: the city is the place where we can and should truly reinvent the commons.’
Lieven De Cauter, co-editor of Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization
‘Stavrides provides a rich, erudite exploration of this neglected topic and the potential for human emancipation.’
David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner
'Stavrides escapes the Eurocentrism that often predominates in the literature on the urban commons … The book will appeal not only to scholars across many disciplines, but also to activists who seek to engage with the significance of urban space for their political action.'
'A fascinating and path-breaking book, which can inspire activists and theoreticians alike. It enriches the academic bibliography of geography, planning, sociology, cultural studies, social anthropology, political science and more disciplines focusing on the contemporary city.'
City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action