Cristina Cerulli


This paper discusses how collaborative and interdisciplinary socially-motivated projects and academic project-based research within the disciplines of architecture and design occupy a special territory where professional and social norms might be challenged and new types of relationships might be forged that question prevailing practices. After an initial section setting the context of the political economy of such projects, the second part of the paper reflects on the practice of these types of projects through the lens of specific projects carried out with external organisations ranging from relatively large networks of practice and research to a small, emerging community land trust. These reflections call for a new vocabulary to help articulate the value systems underpinning such projects in a way that bypasses the normative focus on competition and its corollary conflict of interest.


How to Cite
Cerulli, C. (2017) “Conflux of interest. Revealing multiple value systems in socially motivated collaborative university based projects”, The Journal of Public Space, 2(3), pp. 11–20. doi: 10.5204/jps.v2i3.108.
Chapter I
Author Biography

Cristina Cerulli, Sheffield Hallam University

Cristina Cerulli qualified as an architect in Florence (1999) and since then she worked across practice and academia in Sheffield and London. Her time is currently split between Studio Polpo, the social enterprise architecture practice that she co-founded in 2008 and the Department of Architecture, Sheffield Hallam University, where she is active in research and teaching, heading the Year 5 of the MArch.
Her work is underpinned by a strong commitment to enable a shift towards more just and equitable practices in the city, challenging the normative culture of the architectural profession and education. She has been involved in the first Community Share issue in Sheffield and is now exploring community led models for housing.