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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. 


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.


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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IMAGINE Issue 2 October 2018: 'Exploring the Brave New World of Shared Living' in collaboration with SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency

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