Common Space City Model

The Common Space City Model

Creates flexible, affordable access to spaces and infrastructure that promote personal and creative development 

Uses the window of opportunity offered by digitization for a broader, positive change

Enables a resource-saving lifestyle and creates new links of social interaction


The Common Space City Model combines new forms of organization, administration and access. It is our approach to react to contemporary challenges like the climate crisis, scarce resources and spaces, rising rents producing an ever more present inequality gap, involving involuntary social isolation. These are problems concerning us as a community. However, we believe that through the upcoming innovations in digitization and the power of networks and cooperations we can work towards a positive change, with architecture contributing to this transformation.  

With our Common Space City Model we therefore introduce a new layer of shared, common infrastructures to the existing city. We call these new infrastructures the „Common Space Typologies.“
The Common Space Typologies depict the basic elements of urban life – producing, working and learning, driven by a collective energy. With the typology’s general qualities, the typologies are designed to be implemented internationally and then adapted locally. 

The aim is to transform our cities into a common resource for its inhabitants. These new typologies are: 

The Common Space Workshop, 
The Common Space Market and
The Common Space New Work.

The Common Space City Model is always seen embedded in a larger exchange and learning network, such as the Urbact Market programme or the Fab City Project, to work together on major urban challenges and facilitating a sustainable urban lifestyle.

In the Common Space City Model, architecture and organization work together towards one goal: by improving and combining new cultural techniques based on social and technological innovations. Resources are not just passively consumed, but new value is actively created. 

The Common Space Typologies offer a new kind of public space: well equipped indoor and outdoor facilities, designed with a lot of effort, shared between the citizens and run by initiatives and communities in partnership with the municipality. The Common Space Typologies enable people to actively pursue their interests, professions, ideas and needs. By showing the potential of a shared, public infrastructure, they encourage us to participate, exchange and support each other and thus to develop a new sense of community.