Funding the Cooperative City

author: Levente Polyak, Eutropian
published: April 10, 2018,   recorded: February 2018,   views: 507


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Funding the Cooperative City looks into the financial and economic structures that define the ownership of and the right to spaces. Within the context of the post-welfare transition of Western societies defined by austerity measures, unemployment, the financialisation of real estate and speculation-driven urban development, it is particularly important to create awareness, offer strategies and provide tools for community-led urban development. Funding the Cooperative City explores different mechanisms of fundraising and investment; shared ownership and long-term land lease, self-organisation, resistance and cooperation with institutions; and highlights the ways citizen initiatives, cooperatives, non-profit companies, community land trusts, crowdfunding platforms, ethical banks and anti-speculation foundations can step out of the regular dynamisms of real estate development and arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, renovate or construct buildings for communities.

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