How can designers expand the diversity of possibilities and capabilities of future shared living beyond the models out there already — many of which are poised to amplify existing urban issues, such as rising living costs and undersized homes — to offer more people a choice in where, and how, they live? How can they connect and facilitate community groups such as the Older Women’s Co-housing group through state-of-the-art financing mechanisms and digital platforms? And how do we expand these diverse co-living configurations into a broader notion of sharing the city?
Copenhagen based think-tank In-Between Economies has teamed up with future housing platform Doma to create a flexible and secure method for investing in property through smart contracts. Historically, housing associations have been geographically anchored to a building or a neighbourhood. By leveraging digital tools, future associations may form a decentralised constellation of cooperatives scattered across the city, linked instead through the digital platform.
AT HOME, TOGETHER
While financial barriers may still be the most significant hurdle preventing existing communities making shared living a reality, innovative banking practices and facilitation groups are gradually working to ensure these communities are supported, so that their energy and momentum is not lost in the process of creating a home. It is on platforms, such as that created by Almenr, that the agendas of self-initiated and developer-led communities begin to overlap and may become useful tools to offer future co-livers greater agency over the communities and spaces they wish to create.
BEYOND THE BLUEPRINT
What has fuelled the resurgence of co-living anf how can architects and designers approach the challenge of creating a successful co-living space?
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