Manfredo Manfredini


The modern crisis of inclusionary and productive urban commons has augmented the vulnerability of urban communities, creating one of the major socio-spatial challenges to urban resilience building. The recent progressive displacement and financialisation of the infrastructures of these commons have disrupted the associative spatialisation basis that sustained the political, physical and functional growth and differentiation of many communities, particularly the weakest ones.
One exemplary instance of political urban commons that withstand the crisis by increasing community capacity and systemic relational redundancy emerged from the Gezi Park Movement—a protest started in 2013 in Beyoglu, Istanbul, to halt a commercial redevelopment of a central area including the first public park of modern Turkey. The effectiveness of this commons was grounded in its capacity to sustain the emergent phenomenon of independent translocal relationality.


How to Cite
Manfredini, M. (2021) “The Gezi Park Protest Space and the Novel Urban Commons: Community Resilience in the Age of Translocalism”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1626.
Author Biography

Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland

Manfredo Manfredini is Associate Professor and Member of the Future Cities Research Hub at the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland.
Consistent with his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the technical universities of Milan and Berlin, Manfredo’s research focuses on the intersections between the historical, critical and projective disciplines of architecture and urbanism. It concerns both theoretical and empirical design aspects of the modern and contemporary periods of continuous change within social, cultural and technological frameworks. His study areas, including both fundamental and applied research, are articulated along complementary axes, addressing transitions in public space, evolution of building typology and morphology, advances in sustainability and resilience in architecture and urbanism, and contemporary design education.

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