Community Led Housing: Co-living & Co-housing

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What is Community-led Housing? Community-led housing is now growing trend around the world. Although at present it only holds 1% of total housing market of UK. Basically, it is a housing scheme which gives you a sense of living in the community with the people having same interests, professions or age groups. Most of the…
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Reflection on semester 2

Reflection on semester 2   In a blink of an eye, i had gone through 8 month of studies in the course of MA Urban Design. I had learned a lot of things in this course and having a lot of tough time, especially in semester two. This is because in semester two we are…
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Comment on Diva Jain’s “Cohousing benefits”

Diva gives a clear and concise account of the benefits of cohousing, listing the ecological, social and financial benefits which are associated with it. Cohousing has been proven to be viable alternative to regular housing – one which is much more community focused and aims to bring people closer together. However, I do believe that…
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Cohousing Benefits

Cohousing or shared living has become one of the first options for many people when seeking an alternative to the bustle of contemporary cities. The cohousing communities are often a part of the planning and designing process as they share the common spaces like gardens, laundry, dining, guest rooms etc. The residents are responsible for…
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Co-design – Site Planning Exercise

Co-design exercises are common practice in the forming of a cohousing scheme. They give residents the ability to directly influence the way their scheme works – be it from the management of finances and maintenance of communal areas to the physical layout of their scheme. Figure 1 – Hypothetical residents analysing their cohousing site using…
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Cambridge K1 cohousing – Building for Life 12 analysis

Cambridge K1 is a cohousing community located in the modern neighborhood of Orchard Park, north of Cambridge City Centre. The community is made up of 40 adults and about 10 children and has 42 custom- designed homes complemented by first-class shared facilities promoting sustainable living and community cohesion. During the semester study, a case study…
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Cannock Mill Cohousing & Building For Life 12 Analysis

Cannock Mill Cohousing is located in Colchester and site area is about 1 ha. This project is developed by retired professionals and they just want to create an eco-friendly community where they each can live independently in their own homes, but with shared facilities. In addition, this community has 23 homes, they originally wanted to…
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Experience of participating in co-design exercise

Co-design exercise Co-design exercise is an important part during the progress of forming and building the co-housing. Members of the co-housing will take part in this exercise to give their opinion. In this blog, I am going to share about my experience of participating a scenario based co-design exercise.   Site planning I participate this co-designexercise…
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Kyodo No Mori Japanese Co-housing

Christian, D. (2008). “Forest” Cohousing in Japan, Pt.II. [online] Begoodcafe.com. Available at: http://begoodcafe.com/archive-bgc/project/ecvc_en [Accessed 9 Apr. 2017].

Kyodo No Mori or Forest of Kyodo as its more commonly known is a Japanese co-housing project which was designed at the turn of the millennia. This project has caught my interest as an excellent case study of how development can adapt to an ever changing city and the first cohousing project in Japan.  The…
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Scenario based co-design exercise

Co design Exercise

This blog discusses an exercise we created for co-design during the housing module in order to understand the co-design process with different elements of the design processes as well as a mix of different ‘prospective residents.’ We took turns in our groups to become design practitioners and run our own co-design exercises. My group’s exercise…
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