Spaces of Autonomy in Copenhagen and Madrid – Masters thesis by Tina Steiger
Taking a critical perspective, and based on the writings of Henri Lefebvre, Manuel Castells, David Harvey and George Katsiaficas we explore the claim to autonomous spaces in the urban realm. From this departure point, case studies of recently claimed, autonomous social centers in Copenhagen and Madrid are examined.
Our aim is to demonstrate the alternative forms of production and exchange that these self-managed spaces are experimenting with. By fostering projects based on participative decision-making, social economics and cultural production, spaces of autonomy are experimenting with local and participative alternatives outside of the state and market.