a housing cooperative organised around the principles of commoning.
the commons. Shared resources, for example, a pasture, used and maintained responsibly by the community.
the new commons. Shared urban resources, for example, a plot or building, sustainably developed and managed by the community.
We understand commoning as practices of producing and managing social and physical infrastructures for shared and participative use of a resource, such as land (“meent”), water, food, energy, education, housing, income, social services and care. It enables citizens to access essential resources in fair, sustainable, self-organized and participatory ways, and shape the future of their communities without being dictated by a profit driven market economy.
Commoning tackles major questions about how citizens can best live our lives, both with each other and within nature. Globally, millions of people are already using the social practices of commoning, bringing personal nourishment, urban regeneration and broader transformational change. We feel strongly that commoning enables a more just, resilient and humane society.
De Nieuwe Meent will be the first sustainable self-built housing cooperative in Amsterdam structured entirely around the principles and practices of commoning. We intend to offer affordable housing to those who could otherwise not find housing that meets their needs in the city.
dNM is among the first housing cooperative pilots initiated by the City of Amsterdam. After a tender competition, we have been granted the Archimedesplantsoen plot in Watergraafsmeer and we are currently in the fundraising phase. Construction begins in 2021 and residents move in 2022!
Our community will be based on a structure of co-living with shared use and management of resources. There are many ways to be part of the dNM community: both individuals and collectives are encouraged to help us shape the project by joining one of our workgroups or public events.