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COLLECTIVE HOUSING: SCAM ON MILLENIALS?

cohousing isn't new - it was done before and its not all bad

what is different? Seperation of private space interlayed with internet cababilites of intelligent use of space

Critics are mocking collective housing.  Are trendy co-houses just a way for millennials to select everything like they do on their apps? of the 'millennial lifestyle'. Entrepreneur developers shrink private space for collective rooms like living rooms, brand it as co-housing and rent it for more. But the increasing desire to share the intimacy of the home with roommates speaks to changes in housing over the past centuries which have stripped away our desire for intimacy and connection with others.

The Millennial Commune, The New York Times

Jacob Reis, How the Other Half Lives

Jacob Reis, How the Other Half Lives

 

When thinking of collective housing, the terror of old law tenement housing of the 19th brings back warnings of families and strangers sharing cramped spaces. As people poured into inner cities and cost of living was high, families and strangers moved in to small apartments not intended for large groups and were forced to share intimate spaces.

Section of Old Law Tenemant housing

Section of Old Law Tenemant housing

These housing conditions were heavily segmented. Rooms were subdivided into smaller rooms and lacked hallways providing any privacy.

There was something lost in the invention of the corridor and the development of codes necessary to bring in privacy. 

closeting indecency…reducing daily life to a private shadow-play
— Robin Evans, Figures Doors Passageways
(on the corridor)

Robin Evans, Figures Doors Passageways

Robin Evans, Figures Doors Passageways

an architecture that reorganizes passion, carnality and sociality. The matrix of connected rooms might well be an integral feature of such buildings
— Robin Evans, Figures Doors Passageways
(on room matrices)
NYC new tenement housing section

NYC new tenement housing section

Public spaces offer an extreme opposite to the subdivided private apartment. But these spaces are also incredibly public and exposed, not well fit for housing. Is there a potential to use open spaces similar to libraries for housing?

Berlin State Library, Architect Hans Scharoun

Berlin State Library, Architect Hans Scharoun

The compression of  tenement housing and 

daily ritual diagram

daily ritual diagram