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The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the oldest and largest engineering university in Greece and it shows a most distinguished record of achievement, going back to its foundation in 1836. The School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering... more.
Stavros Stavrides is associate professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens Greece, where he teaches a graduate course on social housing, as well as a postgraduate course on the meaning of metropolitan experience.
Organizer: Stavros Stavrides (National Technical University of Athens, GR); Penny Koutrolikou (National Technical University of Athens, GR); Michael Janoschka (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, ES).
Chairs: Stavros Stavrides (National Technical University of Athens) Penny Koutrolikou (National Technical University of Athens) Michael Janoschka (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) Chairs: Stavros Stavrides (National Technical University of Athens) Penny Koutrolikou (National Technical University of Athens) Michael Janoschka (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
25. Stavros Stavrides, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens
On the Commons: A Public Interview with Massimo De Angelis and Stavros Stavrides
An Architektur: Stavros, what is your approach towards the commons? Would you agree with Massimo's threefold definition and the demands for action he derives from that? Stavros Stavrides: First, I would like to bring to the discussion a comparison between the concept of the commons based on the idea of a community and the concept of the public. Stavros Stavrides: For me, the task of emancipatory struggles or movements is not only what has to be done, but also how it will be done and who will do it. Stavros Stavrides: This topic of the non-commodified space within capitalist production is linked to the idea of immaterial labor, theorized, among others, by Negri and Hardt. Stavros, could you elaborate on this? Stavros Stavrides: Sometimes we tend to ignore the fact that what happens in the struggle for commons is always related to specific situations in specific states, with their respective antagonisms. Stavros Stavrides: I am thus very suspicious or reserved about the idea that we can build our own small enclaves of otherness, our small liberated strongholds that could protect us from the power of the state. Stavros Stavrides: The short answer is a federation of communities. Stavros Stavrides: I would interpret the situation slightly differently. Stavros Stavrides: To me this is not primarily a question of scale, it is more a fundamental question of how to approach these issues. An Architektur: Stavros, you mentioned that the administration and rotation system of the Zapatistas should not be taken as a prototype of what should come. Does this mean that you reject any kind of idea of or reflection about models for a future society? Stavros Stavrides: I think it is not a question of a model. Stavros Stavrides: Let's suppose that we have been left alone, which I don't think will ever be the case. But anyway. Stavros Stavrides: I don't know when a qualitative difference will be achieved. Stavros Stavrides: One of the things that I have observed is that at first both the leftists and the anarchists didn't know what to do. Stavros Stavrides: To think about a city based on commons we have to question and conceptualize the connection of space and the commons. An Architektur, On the Commons: A Public Interview with Massimo De Angelis and Stavros Stavrides Stavros Stavrides is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. He has published several books and articles on spatial theory, his most recent research focuses on emancipating spatial practices, characteristically developed in his essay "Heterotopias and the Experience of Porous Urban Space", 2007. He is author of Towards the City of Thresholds, forthcoming on Professional Dreamers Publishers, Trento.
Stavros Stavrides, National Technical University of Athens