shared living

mental health + wellbeing

designing for shared living part 4

How can designers expand the diversity of possibilities and capabilities of future shared living beyond the models out there already — many of which are poised to amplify existing urban issues, such as rising living costs and undersized homes — to offer more people a choice in where, and how, they live? How can they connect and facilitate community groups such as the Older Women’s Co-housing group through state-of-the-art financing mechanisms and digital platforms? And how do we expand these diverse co-living configurations into a broader notion of sharing the city

possible cities

designing for shared living part 3

Copenhagen based think-tank In-Between Economies has teamed up with future housing platform Doma to create a flexible and secure method for investing in property through smart contracts. Historically, housing associations have been geographically anchored to a building or a neighbourhood. By leveraging digital tools, future associations may form a decentralised constellation of cooperatives scattered across the city, linked instead through the digital platform. The setup is not dissimilar to the co-living platforms we explored last week in that they aim to distribute risk, leverage finance and coordinate large groups. 

at home, together

designing for shared living part 2

While financial barriers may still be the most significant hurdle preventing existing communities making shared living a reality, innovative banking practices and facilitation groups are gradually working to ensure these communities are supported, so that their energy and momentum is not lost in the process of creating a home. It is on platforms, such as that created by Almenr, that the agendas of self-initiated and developer-led communities begin to overlap and may become useful tools to offer future co-livers greater agency over the communities and spaces they wish to create.

beyond the blueprint
designing for shared living part

To have a shot at creating a successful co-living space, designers need to be part of the conversation before the brief is set. “The key is to understand what kind of community the client aims to build,” she explains, “co-living projects are as much about social factors as they are about the spaces themselves. It is not just a case of arranging square meters. What kind of habitat could we create for the Erasmus generation, digital nomads, telecommuters, freelancers, and interns who come to live in the metropolis?” More ambitiously still, is it possible to create intergenerational co-living spaces that can last a lifetime?

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IMAGINE Issue 2 October 2018: 'Exploring the Brave New World of Shared Living' in collaboration with SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency

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