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In order to better make the theme of this semester house-alternative better and understand more thoroughly, I read a lot of information and went to Newcastle City Case with my friends. I also paid special attention to the subject co-housing.

Co-housing is a very good model. It is economical and environmentally friendly and sustainable. It can also help the elderly to have a good community living place, and it can also solve the lonely heart of some contemporary people.

The community is more economical and environmentally friendly, because many service implementations can be shared, reducing unnecessary energy consumption, using resources to a greater extent, and through sharing and use of various basic implementations, making it a medium and letting people There is more interaction between them, which makes the emotional speed of people heat up, and also allows people to learn from each other, and improve their ability to socialize. Residents of common housing projects often share appliances, tools and cars. This means that with less energy and other resources, maintenance work and costs can be divided between groups. There can also be activities for younger groups to help older groups. Another example is that some household appliances or things that are not in use can be exchanged to other partners in the same community.

And through analysis the case study, we can find more useful information:

Cambridge Cohousing members are the residents of Marmalade Lane, Cambridge’s first cohousing community in Orchard Park, Cambridge. Forty-two homes range from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom houses.

  1. Dining room and shared kitchen
  2. Laundry facilities

3.Children’s playroom

4.Shared sitting room with wood burner

5.Flexible meeting spaces

6.Storage

7.Workshop

8.Guest rooms for hire

9.Raised beds and polytunnel for food growing

10.Children’s play space

11.Relaxation and nature areas

12.Sun treeace

13.Tool shed

14.Composting and propagation area

Homes are arranged in terraces which front existing streets and create a new one – Marmalade Lane – ensuring the development look outwards as well as in. The terraces enclose the large shared garden with an open aspect to the south to maximize sunlight. The Common House faces south onto the garden, acting as a gateway between public and cohousing realms and a focal ‘civic’ building for the K1 Cohousing community. The scheme includes communal waste stores and 146 cycle parking spaces, and car parking is kept to the periphery.

Addressing isolation

Intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing work and family. People living in them say the model fosters an interdependent environment and helps everyone feel more comfortable with the process of getting older.

The benefits of Cohousing

Intentional design to foster trust, cooperation and mutual support among residents; (ii) conscious commitment by residents to being part of a community set up for mutual benefit of the residents, which contributes significantly to resident health, safety, security, connection, social support, and accesses to resources and social capital; (iii) democratic management and control by the residents. (iv) physical design reflecting a balance of privacy and community through creation of private homes and common spaces; and (v) common spaces and facilities (such as a community house, gardens, playgrounds, and laundries) designed to encourage shared activities like community meals and gatherings as well as informal connections among residents. Because cohousing communities are democratically managed, everyone has voice.  This means that people are empowered to act, to solve problems, to make a difference.

Reference list:

Eprints.lancs.ac.uk. (2020). [online] Available at:https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/80214/1/Cohousing shared futures FINAL web.pdf Accessed 11 Feb. 2020].

Centre for Alternative Technology. (2020). Living together: the environmental benefits of co-housing and communal living – Centre for Alternative Technology.「online] Available at: https://www.cat.org.uk/living-together-environmental-benefits-co housing-communal-living/ [Accessed 11 Feb. 2020].

Marmaladelane.co.uk. (2020). Marmalade Lane – Cambridge’s first cohousing community. [online] Available at: https://marmaladelane.co.uk/ [Accessed 11 Feb.2020].

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