2. Collaborative housing

Updated: Apr 30

Eco Villages Australia sponsors collaborating housing projects.

A well designed village creates the right balance of togetherness and privacy. Share housing is a sub-par version of collaborative housing as standard housing is designed for mum, dad, two kids and a dog - when in reality, most people live or want to live, quite differently.

Some examples and models of collaborative housing is below:


“Everyone wants community in their life, but we tend to want the privacy that we’re used to having.… [co-housing] is very different to any commune or anything from the past, in that it really values independence, but at the same time, cooperation and community." Laura Finch - Architect

Co-housing started in Denmark in the 1970s. Today, around 30% of the population live in co-housing arrangements in Denmark.

Co-housing is defined by some key differences. 1) the unique design, which intentionally designs for interaction 2) the centre of the village is car-free, walkable human-scale spaces - cars are relegated to the extremities of the living spaces and 3) co-housing is resident-controlled. The people who live there are the ones who take responsibility for the community - they are their own landlords.

The central common house is normally built first and has a shared kitchen, dining/lounge area, laundry and other facilities as the community requires. A number of dwellings placed around the centre house is referred to as a 'pod'. The village may have a number of pods depending on land size. Clustering housing is the most ecologically responsible method of village design. Each pod would most likely develop slightly different characteristics of its own as long as it aligns with the overall vision of the village (for example, one pod might be entirely vegetarian).

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