Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy in Washington DC hosts the main US based research center focusing on urban commons management. Under the direction of Professor Sheila Foster and in partnership with the original LabGov Italy, LabGov Georgetown is a living, experimental laboratory aimed at implementing and refining the Co-City Methodology. It co-runs the overall Co-Cities Project, which has been mapping and collecting data from local experiments involved in shared resource governance all around the world in order to develop a prototype of an institutionalized process for managing the city as a commons. The interdisciplinary and internationally-focused laboratory of co-governance gathers scholars and practitioners interested in broadening our understanding of the urban commons and testing cutting-edge “commoning” projects.
On the US field, LabGov Georgetown is 3 main projects in New York City
The Harlem E-Project
Known as A Novel Architecture for Secure Energy Efficient Community-Edge-Clouds with Application in Harlem (SEEC Harlem), the Harlem project brings together residents and public/private local stakeholders in a co-design process with the main goal of ensuring fast access to high quality digital resources, including broadband internet, so as to close the digital divide experienced by urban communities in Harlem. In addition to a community-owned edge cloud infrastructure, the project will develop low-cost KVM (Keyboard, Video, and Mouse) systems to be used by different community members for testing and improving the system’s usability.
NYCx Co-Lab Project
Directed by LabGov’s collaborator Jose Serrano-McClain of the NYC Office of Technology and Innovation, the NYCx Co-Lab Project is a pioneering municipal program working towards the transformation of urban spaces into hubs for tech research, testing and development of smart solutions to real-world problems.
Civic Imagination: The Urban Commons
This new course on the Urban Commons offered at the New School’s Graduate Lab investigates the urban commons housed at The New School’s University Transdisciplinary Graduate Lab. Originating from a collaboration between its two instructors, Professors Eduardo Staszowski and Nidhi Srinivas of the New School’s Transdisciplinary Lab, and Sheila Foster and Christian Iaione (Directors of LabGov Georgetown and LabGov Italy), this class enables students and faculty to apply an interdisciplinary lens to study Design, Management, Architecture, Organizational Change, Urban Planning, and Public Policy. The Urban Design Lab brought together academics, policy makers, and politicians who partnered up to document and re-shape interactions in the urban commons located around 14th St. in Manhattan.