Cooperation in housing and living

Have you heard of coliving and cohousing?

These concepts were part of the presentations at OuiShareFest’s latest edition, from May 4th to May 7th, 2014, in Paris.

The joy of coliving ! Creative commons CC NC BY rr0cketqueen

What is coliving?

Coliving is very similar to coworking, as explained Chelsea RUSTRUM (@chelsearustrum) to the audience at OuiShareFest. It happens when people with common values and interests decide to share a home, as well as its resources and the daily responsibilities that come with it.

This is a trendy phenomenon, as can be seen on the map published on coliving.org’s Web site.

Coliving activists enjoy the family-like atmosphere that can be found in this kind of homes, with common events and meals. They also emphasize the flexibility they make possible, for they are often people who love traveling all over the world.

What is cohousing?

Cohousing goes one step further, by designing a house with a sharing purpose from day one. Typically, this kind of houses have a collective pattern, with parts of them being shared and others private. Esra TAT (@EsraDT) explains that cohousing gets more and more popular in a context of a collaborative economy but that it is not really new. Its roots can be found with the social housing homes built by the Rothschild foundation, as early as the beginning of the 20th century.

Bâtiment édifié par la fondation Rothschild à Paris

A building of the Rothschild foundation. Paris, early 20th century.

Today, cohousing is popular again because it is both an economical way of housing… and an ecological one. Architects try to make them “energy-plus houses”, or at least to reduce their energy consumption.

An article written with the participation of Smartwords’ Sandra Daems.

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