Neighbourhood of Commoning 

Upcoming - 2021

1st August - 15th of September, 2021, Altstetten, Zurich

Neighbourhood of Commoning is a participatory project that explores “commoning” of space in collaboration with the citizens of a neighbourhood. A commons space is a bottom up organised public space. It creates a sense of ownership, belonging, and negotiation. 

The project addresses the growing individualisation of western cities and the fact that physical space is mostly privatised or regulated by the government . So how can we initiate spaces that bring together all kind of people and are based on the sense of ownership and self-organisation?

During a one month residency in the city part Altstetten in Zurich that will be part of the About Us Festival citizens will be invited to offer their private spaces to be transformed into “commons” spaces. Together with the participants it will be explored what commoning can mean for a neighbourhood and  how commons spaces can can be different from private and public space.  And also, can commoning go on after the Festival?


Pankaj Tiwari, Dimitri van den Wittenboer


Pankaj Tiwari (artist), Dimitri van den Wittenboer (artist)


About Us Festival, Altstetten,  Zurich


About Us Festival, Zurich