Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces
Daniela Patti, Levente Polyák

Funding the Cooperative City explores experiments in community-led urban development in European cities. Situated in the post-welfare transition of European societies within the context defined by austerity measures, unemployment, the financialisation of real estate stocks and the gradual withdrawal of public administrations from social services, this book aims at highlighting the importance of self-organised, locally rooted, inclusive and resilient community networks and civic spaces.

In a journey from Lisbon, Madrid and Rome, via Liverpool, Rotterdam and Berlin, through Warsaw, Bratislava and Budapest, Funding the Cooperative City highlights different strategies of fundraising and investment; self-organisation, resistance and cooperation with institutions; and explores the ways citizen initiatives, cooperatives, non-profit companies, community land trusts, crowdfunding platforms, ethical banks and anti-speculation foundations step out of the regular dynamisms of real estate development and arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, renovate or construct buildings for communities.

Through interviews and analyses, this book describes tendencies and contexts, and presents stories and models of community finance and civic economy. It offers a helpful set of resources not only for community organisations and initiators of civic spaces, but also for private developers, municipalities and EU institutions that are willing to support, facilitate or cooperate with them in order to create more resilient and inclusive local communities, facilities and services.

Bio Daniela Patti is a co-founder of Eutropian. She is an Italian-British architect and urban planner, has studied in Rome, London, Porto and holds a Ph.D. in urbanism from the Technical University of Vienna. Her recent research and projects’ interest has been on the governance of peri-urban landscape, the revitalisation of local food markets, economic models for community-based urban development and strategies to tackle urban poverty.

Levente Polyák is a co-founder of Eutropian. He is an urban planner, researcher and policy adviser. He studied architecture, urbanism, sociology and art theory in Budapest and Paris, and worked on urban regeneration projects for the New York, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Budapest municipalities. Specialized on urban regeneration, cultural development, community participation, local economic development and social innovation, with a special focus on building development scenarios on existing resources.

Softcover, size B5, 244 pages

Authors Tiago Mota Saraiva, Hanna Szemző, Jan Mazur, Bryan Boyer, Carmen Lozano Bright, Alexandre Laing, Lizzy Daish, Carlos Muñoz Sanchez, Christian Grauvogel , Massimo Marinacci , Miguel Ángel Martinez Polo, Rolf Novy-Huy, Ulrich Kriese, Daniela Brahm and Les Schliesser, Laurence Beuchat, Michał Augustyn, Martin Leskovjan, Bea Varnai, Marc Neelen, Júlia Bársony, Viktória Rozgonyi-Kulcsár, Francesco Montagna and Maura Teofili, Martine Zoeteman, Annet van, Hans Karssenberg and Jeroen Laven, Tamina Lolev, Mauro Baioni, Miguel Correia de, Elly, Ulrich Möbius, Stefania de Masi, Mauro Gil-Fournier
Editors Daniela Patti, Levente Polyak
Publisher Cooperative City Books
Year 2017
Location Vienna-Rome-Budapest