Thank you, Sophie, for your post about Co-housing. I agree that there are some barriers that make co-housing difficult to deliver in the housing market. Having co-housing as a design concept and discussing it with others since the last term let me realise that not everyone can accept the idea of sharing space and facilities with others. Many people worried about living in co-housing means the sacrifice of their own privacy. Another criticism is that co-housing seems to be an escapist and gated community that lacks diversity. In despite of these criticisms, I’m still excited to see the establishment of more pioneering co-housing projects like LILAC Leeds. Because its non-hierarchical structure allows residents to initiate the project and also manage the community by themselves based on democratic principles. This consensus-based collective self-governance stimulates equality in social relationship. Besides, sharing common space and having common meals are effective ways to strengthen the bond between neighbours and generate a sense of belonging. Additionally, the form of co-housing not only encourages a sustainable way of living that saves energy, but also explores a fairer way to distribute resources. Thus, even if co-housing cannot become the mainstream of the UK housing market, its existence is still important as it provides the possibility of an alternative way of Living.
LILAC affordable ecological co-housing, available at: http://www.modcell.com/projects/lilac-affordable-ecological-co-housing/ [Accessed: May 2019]