Crossing views on the field

a commoning experience on an urban wasteland

  • Hugo Rochard Geography, Université de Paris, Ladyss, Paris, France
  • Cécile Mattoug Geography & Urban Planning, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Géographie-cités, Paris, France
  • Cécile Gauthier Geography & Political Sciences, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Ladyss, Paris, France
  • Marion Brun Landscape and Ecology, LAREP, ENSP Versailles, UMR Citeres, Université de Tours, Tours, France
Keywords: Urban wastelands; interdisciplinarity; interstice; commoning; collective fieldwork


The study of urban wastelands as specific forms of interstices engages researchers to intersect disciplines, knowledge and positionings on the border between ecological and social dynamics. The Interfriches network - carried by an interdisciplinary collective - was created in 2019 to bring together human, social and environmental scientists and practitioners on the common object of urban wastelands. Involving architects, geographers, urban planners, ecologists, sociologists, politicians, artists, it seeks to think the role of wastelands in the making of the city in different contexts. Based on a workshop on a third place (i.e. a place of social bonding, emancipation and collective initiatives) in the suburban Paris, this paper puts collective methodological questioning into dialogue. What does an interdisciplinary workshop including collective surveys allow to capture about an occupied urban wasteland? We aim to conduct a reflexive analysis of the frameworks and limits of this commoning experience.

How to Cite
Rochard, H., Mattoug, C., Gauthier, C., & Brun, M. (2021). Crossing views on the field. UXUC - User Experience and Urban Creativity, 3(2), 64 - 73.