Thank you, Sophie, for informing us about the importance and the benefits of co-housing! I also think that co-housing could be the next idea of future living. Organisations SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency released a series of articles called IMAGINE and one article titled as “Exploring the brave new world of shared living”, investigate the reasons for needing to share.
- The widening gap between income and house prices.
- Increase of urbanisation.
- Mental health and weak community bonds.
- The booming age.
- (SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency, 2018, pp.14-22).
Furthermore, sharing and communal living is not new for example, below is a picture of a Rundling, a circular formation of houses with commonly owned green land and individual farmsteads (Ahn, Tusinski and Treger 2018, p.12).
- Smaller communities were preferred such as 4-10 and those with children 20-25 people.
Not willing to live with small children and teenagers.
The lack of privacy, though would not mind co-living as a great way to socialise (SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency, 2018, p.68).
and socialise, but instead boxed up at home around technology. We become fearful and having to relearn how to communicate and reach out to people again. Another factor is people are on the move nowadays, loosing close ties and when new people arrive, we look at them strangely because we do not have that shared experience we once had with old communities.
Therefore, I believe co-housing can be a mainstream way of living… But we must relearn.