Sharing Cities Shaping Cities

Edited by
May 2019
142 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-988-3 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-989-0 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Sharing Cities Shaping Cities that was published in

Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

The sharing economy and collaborative consumption are attracting a great deal of interest due to their business, legal and civic implications. The consequences of the spreading of practices of sharing in urban environments and under daily dynamics are underexplored.

This Special Issue aims to address if and how sharing shapes cities, the way that spaces are designed and lived in if social interactions are escalated, and the ways that habits and routines take place in post-individualistic society.

In particular, the following key questions are of primary interest:

  • Urban fabric: How is ‘sharing’ shaping cities? Does it represent a paradigm shift with tangible and physical reverberations on urban form? How are shared mobility, work, inhabiting reconfiguring the urban and social fabric?
  • Social practices: Are new lifestyles and practices related to sharing changing the use and design of spaces? To what extent is sharing triggering a production and consumption paradigm shift to be reflected in urban arrangements and infrastructures?
  • Sustainability: Does sharing increase the intensity of use of space and assets, or, rather, does it increase them to meet the expectations of convenience for urban lifestyles? To what extent are these phenomena fostering more economically-, socially-, and environmentally-sustainable practices and cities?
  • Policy: How can policy makers and municipalities interact with these bottom-up and phenomena and grassroots innovation to create more sustainable cities?

Scholars responded to the above questions from the fields of urban studies, urban planning and design, sociology, geography, theoretically-grounded and informed by the results of fieldwork activities.


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sharing; coproduction; matchmaking; urban mobility; mobility policy; accessibility; informality; collaborative economy; platform cooperativism; democratic quality; ageing; cohousing; architecture; co-design; spatial agency; sharing; design-research; critical autoethnography; Bourdieu; bike sharing; sustainable mobility; sharing economic; urban studies; sharing economy; sharing platform; coworking; coworking space; coworking business; collaborative workplaces; urban regeneration; entrepreneurial action; Melbourne sharing economy; Melbourne Airbnb; architectural and urban effects of Airbnb; socio-spatial effects of Airbnb; Airbnb and housing typologies; Airbnb and domestic design; Airbnb and planning; Airbnb and policy innovation; Airbnb and governance; emotions; participation; digital participation; physiological sensors; galvanic skin response; GSR; stress levels; emotional layer; urban; coworking spaces; social street; social relations; local communities; n/a