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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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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Reflection on Semester 2

Coming to semester two, we continued with the blog writing tasks alongside with our design project.  The theme of this semester’s design project is housing alternatives, where we did several visits to different alternative housing types.  We also learned about the Building for Life 12, the tool that we have been using to analysis co-housing…
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Comment on Adem Altunkaya’s “Scenario based co-design exercise”

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…
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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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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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Cohousing – My first experience

The second semester of MAUD has introduced myself (and many of the other students) to the concept of cohousing. In this blog, I will discuss what cohousing is and how it is becoming an integral part of community-led housing. I will also discuss my experience upon visiting my first cohousing scheme in Lancaster and what…
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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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