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Module 2: A Common Vision for the City

From Commonalities to Urban Commons
Lecture by Ivan Bonev
14 May, 17:00–18:00

Part of the program of European Night of Museums 2022

There has been an aspiration for new urban common spaces since the beginning of the 21st century. The new urban commons have filled a gap between the extremes of public and private space in the city. The origin of this phenomenon could be traced back to the ideas of intellectuals like Bruno Latour, Henry Lefevbre, Elinor Ostrom, and Ivan Illich, through the practice of architects and engineers like Atelier Bow-Wow, Raumlabor, StudioBasar, and Onkruid, to numerous spontaneous spaces of like-minded urban dwellers. The de-institutionalization of social and spatial practices recognizable in them has proved to be one of the most sincere ways to express common values in the contemporary city. Thus, “de-institutional” art and architecture allow for reflection and contemplation of a new common social vision.


Ivan Bonev is an architect and architectural researcher currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has acquired his architectural training in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia (2007 – 2014), KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture in Brussels (2012 – 2013), and Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo (2017 – 2019). He is a member of Transformatori Association which is engaged with urban research and community building projects. He has worked in Europe and Southeast Asia in collaboration with Atelier Bow-Wow (JP) and Zoom Studio (BG) amongst others. He is the author of “Networks of De-institutional Architecture: Tokyo” and has contributed to publications of TIT, MIT, academic journals and independent issues.
His most recent work investigates a typology of independent common spaces defined as “de-institutional architecture”. Currently, an exhibition of Tokyo’s de-institutional architecture travels around Bulgaria on an annual basis and explores local independent spaces in each city it visits.