In the last decade, bottom-up initiatives of social transformation lead by urban social movements have been articulated around the notion of Urban Commons in cities across the world, and in particular, in Europe. Under the umbrella of this concept there have been developing new forms of social activism that challenge and renovate “old-style” grassroots activism (Castells, 1983). New forms based on the traditions of digital technology activism, non-urban natural resources management practices transported to urban settings and new forms of social activism such as the 15M or the Zapatista movement (Cámara, 2018).
This paper aims to shed light on how the actually existing urban commons develop and interrelate with local social movements in a novel way. It will do it by first, exploring the hybrid character of Barcelona’s urban commons through exploring their triple genealogy (digital, nature and social activism); and, second by presenting a relational analysis of the evolution of social movements behind the urban commons. With these double perspective, the paper will reflect on the articulation of the urban commons with social movements.