The city of joy

September 29 – November 5, 2017

6:00 pm

Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces

book launch and workshop

Venue: KÉK - Kortárs Építészeti Központ
1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 10-12.

Funding the Cooperative City explores experiments in community-led urban development in European cities, highlighting the importance of self-organised, locally rooted, inclusive and resilient community networks and civic spaces.

In a journey from Lisbon to Warsaw, Funding the Cooperative City highlights different strategies of fundraising and investment, self-organisation, resistance and cooperation with institutions; it 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, the book presented with a workshop in the context of the OFF-Biennale presents stories and a variety of models for 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 and public institutions that are willing to support, facilitate or cooperate with them in order to create more resilient and inclusive local communities, facilities and services.

Organizing institution: Eutropian (, Cooperative City (, KÉK (

Supported by Advocate Europe, International Visegrad Fund, Wirtschaftsagentur Wien, Wonderland Platform for European Architecture, KÉK - Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

Tiago Mota Saraiva (Alteliermob, Lisbon), Hanna Szemző (Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest), Jan Mazur (Stará Tržnica, Bratislava), Brian Boyer (Brickstarter, Helsinki), Carmen Lozano Bright (Goteo, Madrid), Alexandre Laing (Bulb in Town, Paris), Lizzy Daish (Shuffle Festival), Carlos Muñoz Sanchez (LaFabrika detodalavida, Los Saintos de Maimona), Christian Grauvogel (Mörchenpark e.V., Berlin), Massimo Marinacci (Banca Etica, Rome), Miguel Ángel Martinez Polo (Coop 57, Madrid), Rolf Novy-Huy (Stiftung trias, Hattingen), Ulrich Kriese (Stiftung Edith Maryon, Basel), Daniela Brahm and Les Schliesser (ExRotaprint, Berlin), Laurence Beuchat (Geneva), Michał Augustyn (Wymiennik, Warsaw), Martin Leskovjan (Paralelní polis, Prague), Bea Varnai (UrbaMonde, Paris), Marc Neelen (Stad in de Maak, Rotterdam), Júlia Bársony (Müszi, Budapest), Viktória Rozgonyi-Kulcsár (Jurányi Ház, Budapest), Francesco Montagna and Maura Teofili (Carrozzerie n.o.t., Rome), Martine Zoeteman (De Besturing, The Hague), Annet van Otterloo (Afrikaanderwijk Coöperatie, Rotterdam), Hans Karssenberg and Jeroen Laven (ZoHo, Rotterdam), Tamina Lolev (Nod makerspace, Bucharest), Mauro Baioni (Pordenone), Miguel Correia de Brito (BIP/ZIP programme, Lisbon), Ulrich Möbius (Peißnitzhaus, Halle/Saale), Stefania de Masi (Cascina Roccafranca, Turin), Mauro Gil-Fournier (Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas, Madrid)

Curators: Daniela Patti, Levente Polyák