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Patterns of Rural Commoning (2020)
Niklas Fanelsa

The countryside is once again a focus of attention as a place that generates patterns of life, work, and production that are desirable to city dwellers. In rural areas, places emerge that bring together expertise, skills, and inhabitants to create instances of commoning that present a heightened awareness of locally built space and local social networks. In the countryside, groups gather to elaborate and extend the local context with a holistic approach toward living and working. The scale of the village allows it to become a testing ground for simple implementations of common activities. In such a non-anonymous surrounding, the impact directly affects the daily life of the whole community, promoting place-based development.


Bio Niklas Fanelsa is an architect and founder of the architecture practice Atelier Fanelsa in Berlin and Gerswalde. He studied architecture at RWTH Aachen and Tokyo Institute of Technology. After his studies he worked for De Vylder Vinck Taillieu in Gent and TBBK in Berlin. He was Teaching and Research Associate at RWTH Aachen University, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and at the Chair for Design and Housing at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. In 2019/20, he is Emerging Curator at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montréal.

Digital project, series of articles

Author Niklas Fanelsa
Publisher Canadian Center for Architecture
© CCA, commissioned by the Canadian Center for Architecture in the context of the project Patterns of Rural Commoning for the 2019-2020 Emerging Curator Program. Patterns of Rural Commoning is originally published on the CCA website.