New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part I: Cohousing in China

By Katie Sperry Sharing and cooperation are evolved, sociocultural traits that have played an integral part in human social and cultural evolution (Nowak, 2011). In modern societies, private interests have been prioritized at the cost of shared interests. This is particularly prevalent in contemporary urban areas, where sociocultural or informal sharing still occurs, but has … More New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part I: Cohousing in China

New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part II: Coworking and Non-Communist Cohousing in Chinese Cities

By Katie Sperry The first co-working space in China was established in 2009; three organizers of a series of informal art-technology gatherings in coffee houses, galleries, and private studios across Shanghai decided to start a coworking enterprise called XinDanWei (新单位 translated into English: new work-unit). Similar to coworking spaces in other countries, XinDanWei was established … More New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part II: Coworking and Non-Communist Cohousing in Chinese Cities

A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 2

PART 2: Criticisms of cohousing and the role of government in promoting this form of housing delivery In Part 1 of this two-part blog post, I discussed cohousing in the German context and its potential for improving the built environment from an ecological perspective with more energy-efficient buildings, and also from a social sustainability perspective. … More A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 2

A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 1

Part 1: Cohousing the German context During our field research into ecourban neighbourhoods in Northern Europe, we saw German and French examples of resident-led housing design and development as an alternative form of housing provision, known in North America as co-housing[1]. In the first part of this two-part blog post, I introduce  the principles behind … More A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 1