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Towards a deeper understanding of the social architecture of co-housing: evidence from the UK, the USA and Australia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Helen Jarvis



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This paper draws attention to co-housing community-led projects which are gaining popularity in a context of widespread crisis in mainstream housing markets in neo-liberal capital economies. The paper begins to develop a conceptual framework that recognises the significance of a ‘social architecture’ as counterpoint to the priority usually given to the material characteristics of home and neighbourhood design. A research agenda is developed to better understand the social phenomenon of group processes, shared visions and interpersonal capabilities – the ‘glue’ binding collaborative community relations. Discussion draws on the combined insights of feminist theory and progressive planning, alongside the views of cohousing residents from participatory research from the UK, the USA and Australia.

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Author(s): Jarvis H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Research and Practice

Year: 2015

Volume: 8

Issue: 1

Pages: 93-105

Online publication date: 13/02/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 02/02/2015

ISSN (print): 1753-5069

ISSN (electronic): 1753-5077

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2015.1011429


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