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Adem discusses the co-design exercise which his group developed during the Housing Alternative’s module. As stated in his blog, his groups exercise was one which aimed to inform residents about the different typologies available.

The exercise began with demonstrating what different typologies might be available to residents. Adem says that the exercise was based around the assumption that those taking part had little knowledge with different typologies. Because of this, support was offered by the design practitioners who would help residents to understand what was available to them. This was also a useful exercise for my group, and presumably the other groups, as we were introduced to a large number of housing typologies. Sheet 1 Housing Typologies
Some of the typology choices given to residents
(Source – Adem Altunkaya)

Adem discusses the second part of their exercise, one were residents were asked to design their ideal home for a cohousing scheme. Again, as everyone was playing the role of a different individual, it gave a wide impression of the different needs and wants of residents within a cohousing scheme. This enabled all groups to understand the variables needed to be considered upon developing the typologies within their cohousing schemes.

Finally, Adem’s group had the residents build basic models of the houses and place them around the cohousing site. This gave a strong impression on the need for more intimate, private spaces, as well as having a central garden overlooked by many residents. Site Model

Locating different houses around Adem and Jackson’s cohousing site

(Source – Adem Altunkaya)

Adem’s group’s co-design exercise was a particularly engaging one which certainly opened my eyes to possibilities within a cohousing scheme that I perhaps otherwise wouldn’t have recognised.

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Planning and Landscape
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