Designing Economic Cultures is a research project that sets out to investigate the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects.

The fundamental question the project poses is:
how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market?  Read more ›

Construction site for non-affirmative practice

Constructive Dismantling

My Castle Is Your Castle

Thinking creatively about anticapitalism

Thinking creatively about anticapitalism
How are cities being enclosed within the logic of neoliberalism and capital accumulation and what are the consequences?
What urban commons are being enclosed?
How can struggles against urban enclosure circulate with creative projects of commoning?

Stuart Hodkinson, lecturer in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds, whose main research focuses on the ‘new urban enclosures’, specifically re-examining the motivations, mechanisms and impacts of housing privatisation and regeneration in Britain.
Andre Pusey is a Ph.D student in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds. His research is into social movements and the myriad ways in which they produce commons as part of their activism.
Tom Gillespie is a Ph.D student in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. His research concerns urban development, class struggle and the ‘right to the city’.


– enclosures privatise and fence off the soil and common right, thus ripping the producers from the means of (re)production;
– the ‘old’ enclosures produce(d) the original urbanisation of capital;
– urban enclosures represent both the modus operandi and raison d’être of neoliberal urbanism in cities across the world today;
– recurring enclosure mechanisms: privatisation, gentrification, corporate takeover;
– urban commons can be defined as those resources designed to satisfy needs not to realise exchange value;
– urban commoning as the basis for an alternative city;
– create circulations of the common by connecting with others;

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The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital by Massimo De Angelis (2007)
The New Imperialism by David Harvey (2003)
Crack Capitalism by John Holloway (2010)