An Introduction to Design Commons

Gerhard Bruyns, Stavros Kousoulas

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The reasons for a dedicated edition on “design and commoning” are twofold. First, the recent surge of renewed interest in the social conditions of design remains atheoretical. A deeper theoretical and philosophical foundation will help problematize the link between commoning and design, and in doing so define the operative theories, concepts and frameworks that influence design thinking across a series of design contexts and conditions. And secondly, design has become more ubiquitous, expanding both its domain of influence and conditions of praxis. With this expansion, design touches a variety of contested areas. Designers are continuously challenged by conflicts and edge conditions, having to mitigate between both scales of conflict and the vested interests of individuals. In the global climate of population increase and the prevalent reduction of financial resources the question and theorization of shared capacities will remain part and parcel of future of design thinking. The four thematic clusters contained here exploit the theoretical and philosophical themes related to the large commoning “problematique,” providing designers better grounding in the networked context of the twenty-first century. The explicit theorization of design and the commons will explore the implicit relations through each of the collected contributions to show how this philosophical construct can be explicated in the context of network collectives and transdisciplinary approaches that currently inform design practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Research Foundations
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2022

Publication series

NameDesign Research Foundations
ISSN (Print)2366-4622
ISSN (Electronic)2366-4630


  • Culture
  • Design commons
  • Ecology
  • Social
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Architecture
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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