P2P Foundation

This Co-library blog is now linked to the P2P foundation repository. You can access it from here – http://p2pfoundation.net/Co-Library_Research_Project .

Just to think out aloud, in the past month the project vision has undergone a transformation from the first formulated brief. Better explained in the words below:

“The project aims for the library to come across more prominently as a local-communal institution;  supporting the development of social networks and relationships in the city. The project is supported by DOK, library concept center (www.dok.info), the local municipality and TUDelft (www.tudelft.nl). The project further stresses on ‘debate and communication’ and ‘user-generated content’ as an important area the future library should engage in. The content of debate in this case being local developmental and governance related issues.”

I see the public library as an emancipatory institution, and the municipality as a regulatory one, designing the overlapping interaction (between the community and local government) is the challenge for me in this project. With a new town hall being built in the city, we are pitching the idea to the Delft municipality to provide a physical portal (tangible/ambient) that facilitates this feedback loop, most probably with a online  and ICT component.

Michel Bauwens from the P2P foundation was kind enough to point me to some other interesting work in this area…

  • Open Source Cities
    … experiment. The project was undertaken in conjunction with MIT’s Smart Cities project.
    1 KB (199 words) – 11:34, 27 July 2008
  • P2P Cities
    … his project page aims to bring together a directory of projects related to cities worldwide. #P2P-Cities tag at http://del.icio.us/mbauwens/P2PCities
    3 KB (393 words) – 11:28, 20 August 2009
  • Open Cities
    … erybody, this new (dis)order is powerful. For the meaning and operation of cities, it will be transformative. … , but different from their predecessors. These new cities are Open Cities: cities that, like the network of web 2.0, are architected for participation and s …
    4 KB (617 words) – 14:46, 17 August 2009
  • Participatory Design of Cities
    … Cluster: What role does design play when it comes to creating democratic cities? … ple transform the ways they obtain food, energy, materials, and water – in cities, or outside them. This kind of design is of course “political” in that …
    4 KB (608 words) – 02:52, 13 June 2008
  • Living Cities Movement
    “Here’s where the livable cities movement is going next, according to (Mark) Gorton: Planning software will add land use factors, so that towns and citiescan ensure that transportation line up better with zoning. The two issues …
    1 KB (192 words) – 10:33, 12 February 2009
  • Resilient Cities
    ”’Book: Peter Newman and Timothy Beatley. Resilient Cities.”’ … ow intelligent planning and visionary leadership can be strong weapons for cities facing climate change and peak oil
    5 KB (787 words) – 18:12, 19 February 2009
  • User Generated Cities
    … the exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and practices towards better cities for all. It organizes participatory workshops and develops web tools for u … URBZ believes that the deepest knowledge about cities exists amongst its inhabitants and communities. Those engaged with urban l …
    2 KB (291 words) – 13:57, 3 May 2009
  • Andrea Reimer on Open Cities and the Open Motion in Vancouver
    806 B (112 words) – 15:24, 19 September 2009

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