Community Led Housing: Co-living & Co-housing

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

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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Viva Blue House (2): Co-living in Grade I Listed Building

  A brief history of “Viva Blue House” Revitalisation Project is mentioned in the last blog.  The project is now completed and provide 32 units, including ground floor shops.  Existing residents will be moving back to their units, while the remaining 12 units will be used in the “Good Neighbourhood Programme”. Co-living, as a new…
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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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BFL Analysis : Sinclair Meadows Co-housing Scheme

In semester 2 of our MA Urban Design course, students are going to focus on improving residential design & development processes operating in the United Kingdom at present time. Before starting with the design process, to understand the alternative types of housing schemes e.g. Co-housing, live-work housing & life cycle housing; we visited some of the…
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Comment on Adem Altunkaya’s ‘Community Participation and Methods for Community Involvement’

Community participation provides ways in which people can come together and provide their opinion creating some local ownership and control. People can participate in debates and discussions at various levels catering to the need for a range of wider (formal and informal) ways of people participation. Adem, highlights on Prue Chiles lecture about the importance of…
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Building a sustainable community or neighbourhood: Exploring better approaches to design

In the lecture Building A Sustainable Community Or Neighbourhood, Prue Chiles argued that “we need to be more ambitious and aim higher when building a new community or neighbourhood”. It emphasized the importance of both individual working and co-production in the architecture and urban design process. And she also focused on the public engagement of…
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Community Participation and Methods For Community Involvement

Community Participation Meeting

Community Participation Introduction The emergence of co-design has been linked to two design approaches: “user-centred design and participatory design.” (Cantoni, David, Sabiescu, 2013). During the 70s, design firms started the user centred design approach, “characterised by the reproduction or translation of user knowledge into principles and prescriptions that designers could work with.” (Santos, 2000). Sanoff…
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