Kyodo No Mori Japanese Co-housing

Christian, D. (2008). “Forest” Cohousing in Japan, Pt.II. [online] Available at: [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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A Residents’ Participation Workshop for Sharing and Communal Facilities

Introduction In a typical Cohousing  community,  it involves 8 to 40 households who are inter-generational (UK Cohousing Network, 2017).  All adults of them are encouraged to design the community together.  This refers to a stage on which they could share ideas and discuss with each others (UK Cohousing Network, 2017).  Last two weeks, we are…
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Planning a Cohousing Scheme

Cohousing as a concept is a way of living based around sharing. It includes the sharing of common facilities along with the shared aims, ideas of living and activities. The planning of any cohousing scheme usually begins with the placement of the core areas that is the common house, community gardens and other shared spaces. The…
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