Co-living 2030

Are you ready for the sharing economy?

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Illustration Evgenia Barinova
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Amsterdam co-housing showing Kollontai. Image: Anton and Irene

“It was fun. Even though [the occupants] had no experience designing living spaces, they were very engaged and very idealistic. As an architect, it was sometimes hard to deal with their ever-changing demands, and sometimes it drove us a little crazy.” Sier van Rhijn, architect

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Life in a boarding house. Image © Esther Bubley, 1943. Courtesy of the Esther Bubley Photo Archive

“There’s a lot of baggage around the word commune, so part of what we’re doing is rebranding it.” Ben Provan

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Residents of a typical Kommunalka had their own dishes and sink. Image © Françoise Huguier for Agence VU

“Perhaps new shared ways of living are already overdue in our digital age, and co-living will enter the rental housing sector as co-work spaces have transformed the nature of the traditional office.”

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Old Oak co-living space, London. Image © The Collective

“Co-living is for hipsters, not hippies.” The Economist

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Lang Eng Co-housing Community. Image © Dorte Mandrup Architects

“The large communal space is divided into smaller areas with ‘soft’ divisions of the spaces by plantation and paths, creating a sense of both the large scale of the total area as well as creating intimacy in the individual spaces.” Dorte Mandrup

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Lang Eng Co-housing Community. Image © Dorte Mandrup Architects

“I think that if we are able to create a [housing] model that offers a better quality of life, at a better price point to a wide variety of people, while bringing revenues to a series of investors, that’s great.” Claire Flurin, Purehouse Lab

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Co-housing in Miami. Image © WeLive

“Our data shows that what people actually want, is to control who they live with themselves, and have the opportunity to have a vested interest in the community by owning a percentage of the house themselves, rather than paying rent to some invisible management.” Irene Pereyra

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Co-housing in Bali. Image © Roam

“UX has the right tools to design something that is not only simple and effortless and puts real human beings in the center, but also make something that is beautiful and sustainable.” Irene Pereya

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Co-housing in Madridi. Image © Roam

“While co-living is symptomatic of the global housing crisis we are experiencing in most major cities, it may also be part of the solution.”

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