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This book presents 50 case studies of contemporary co-housing projects spread all over the world to show how communities of shared living have become a global phenomenon that can serve as a tool to promote social and urban sustainability. By presenting evidence that shared housing experiences are capable of revitalizing sterile urban fabrics and promoting social sustainable practices, the volume situates co-housing experiences as microscale responses to the macroscale challenges posed by environmental degradation and the decline of communitarian ways of living.

The volume also reviews the most famous typologies of shared living in different parts of the world across human history. By analyzing historical experiences in different regions of Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, the author shows that living together is part of a historical culture of sharing that is being rediscovered all over the world by people who activate public spaces, work in shared offices or live in contractual communities.

The Co-Housing Phenomenon – Environmental Alliance in Times of Changes will be of interest to both professionals and scholars involved in urban design, urban planning and architecture, especially those in the field of sustainable urbanism. It will also be a valuable resource for public agents and civil society organizations dealing with housing, social, environmental and sustainability policies.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Technocene

Abstract
This chapter introduces the challenges that are emerging for the society in the near future, medium-, and long-term future. With inputs from philosophy and practical observations, this chapter focuses on the role that technological development is having in defining the relationship between humankind and environment in the contemporaneity. The term Technocene, distortion of the renowned term Anthropocene, is here proposed to represent the existing condition of the humankind, suddenly placed in a new geological age where it seems to have an incredible power, but whose willingness is strongly influenced by technological dominance.
Emanuele Giorgi

Chapter 2. Sharing as Cultural Revolution

Abstract
The most important problems related to the technological dominance are the subjugation of humankind to the technological apparatus and the drying up of social relations. A link between the “macro” scale of the Technocene and the “micro” scale of social relations introduces here the issue of communities and sharing. In particular, this chapter proposes a reflection on the cultural importance of rediscovering communitarian dimensions, as a path to bring Humanity back again to the center of social thoughts and projects. Commons, public spaces, icons, co-working, and contractual communities are presented as five architectural ways to create community, so to push sustainable behaviors of relating with the environment.
Emanuele Giorgi

Chapter 3. Sharing as Cultural Preexistence

Abstract
Participating in social life and sharing spaces, activities, or resources within a community are ancient constituents of the living traditions all around the world. This chapter describes, with an in-depth analysis, 12 historical typologies of shared living, distributed on the five continents. The cases highlight (1) the influence of the ethnographic characteristics in the physical and social structure of the communities and (2) the importance of the communitarian dimensions for the survival of the groups.
Emanuele Giorgi

Chapter 4. Co-housing

Abstract
This chapter is dedicated to the phenomenon of co-housing. It opens with a historical framework of contemporary co-housing’s evolution, from the first north European cases to the most recent ones around the world. To deal with this specific “micro” dimension, a theoretical support based on functionalist perspective is used: the chapter highlights how the environment generated in co-housing projects is able to provide supporting relationships that less and less are generated in the contemporary society and that, less and less, official institutions are able to provide. Within this theoretical framework, the fundamental characteristics, the features that define co-housing projects, but also the main differences and four categories that can help in describing the projects are presented.
Emanuele Giorgi

Chapter 5. Co-housing Cases

Abstract
In this chapter 50 case studies of co-housing are here examined in detail. To give the widest possible representation of the co-housing phenomenon, a set of projects that touches all the continents, gathering cases with different dimensions, population, locations, and motivations has been selected. Each project is presented in a report, through data, textual description, and graphic documents, such as photos and technical drawings. These reports are used to standardize the presentation of these cases and allow an easy comparison.
Emanuele Giorgi

Chapter 6. Hopes

Abstract
In this last chapter, the conclusions of all the previous reasoning are presented. Once described the phenomenon, contextualized in the broader panorama of contemporary participation and emphasized the role of design, the discussion is brought back to a philosophical and sociological dimension. The chapter concludes confirming the main thesis and the dream expressed in the manuscript: influencing urban sustainable practices and promoting the social revitalization of territories, co-housing can help in rewriting the lost alliance between humankind and the environment.
Emanuele Giorgi

Backmatter

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