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A History of Collective Living: Forms of Shared Housing.


A History of Collective Living: Forms of Shared Housing

Edited by Susanne Schmid, Dietmar Eberle, and Margrit Hugentobler

Birkhaeuser Basel


320 pages




This book documents the history of collective living from 1850 to the present in Central Europe, the driving social factors behind it, and influential parameters. It focuses on the economic, political, and social intentions of shared housing, assigning three models of living to each motive through examples of projects. Each model includes information on its organizational form, the demographics of residents, user groups, the milieu, and operational and spatial structures, including shared spaces and facilities, as well as the factors that made each project unique to its place, time, and social condition. They include the large housing complexes of the utopian socialists, men's and women's hostels and boarding houses for urban nomads, central-kitchen houses, garden cities and courtyard apartment buildings, community settlements, cooperative living, community households and cluster apartments with services, and co-living as interconnected and decentralized housing. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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