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.
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.
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.
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?
The compression of tenement housing and