The group of authors of “Tales of Institutioning and Commoning” includes five individuals who, before authoring this paper, have been connected in small groups through an history of at least three different research projects over the course of more than five years. The biographies of the authors and of the research projects span over two continents, multiple countries, and a variety of languages, both spoken and listened to, understood or not. There is no uniqueness in this description, as it reflects academic and design work in the interconnected world of global production, but there is individuality, the situated perspective of the bodies who have materially engaged with the production process of this specific academic paper. Institutionally, these individuals are known as Maurizio Teli, Marcus Foth, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Irina Anastasiu, and Peter Lyle. The following few lines provide general information on them.
The three authors of the papers are related to the research group Spatial Capacity Building at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture of the Hasselt University (BE). The Spatial Capacity Building research group critically debates and researches the public and political character of everyday spatial infrastructures. In order to research these questions we advance, explore and experiment with the concept, process and methods of participatory design and participatory planning. We use and develop different approaches to understand, connect, reflect and act on these questions. In these processes we pay great attention to people’s collective capabilities to engage in these – often complex - discussions and processes. Our research processes have long-term aims and involve long-term engagements in the daily context of communities. However, they are driven by short term projects with clear design outcomes to allow diverse groups to relate to processes in tangible, understandable ways.