Why Cohousing Communities eventually die


There are no widely available statistics or comprehensive data on the exact number of cohousing communities that have disappeared or dissolved over time. Cohousing communities can vary significantly in terms of size, location, and organization, making it challenging to compile comprehensive data on their longevity and dissolution. This would require primary research.

Architectural Democracy in China

Architectural Democracy in China

I have been going to China for several years now to teach in Shanghai and Wuhan, usually around the work of Gamified Cohousing. But surprisingly, in 2019, the focus shifted to my work on “Architectural Democracy”.

The private and public realms in a cohousing

Gamified Cohousing facility management app

Cohousings serve as microcosms of society, where individuals navigate a complex interplay between the private spaces of their homes and the shared public areas within the community. This dichotomy between the private and public realms shapes social dynamics, governance structures, and individual experiences within these communities. What are the nuances of this dichotomy, its implications on community cohesion, governance, and residents’ well-being?

The difference between housing co-op and cohousing

The difference between housing co-op and cohousing

A housing co-op, short for housing cooperative, is a type of housing in which residents collectively own and govern the property. In a housing co-op, residents purchase shares in the cooperative corporation, which gives them the right to occupy a specific unit within the co-op’s property. Each member of the co-op has an equal vote in the decision-making process, regardless of the number of shares they own.

The 10 min or whatever min walking city

The 10 min or whatever min walking city

Over and over, countless projects and utopias have been made and are still thought out of cities where people would reach out to anything within some minutes of walking distance. Here some thoughts on why this is not a goal and why such dreams will always surface in the news.

What has been ongoing at Hyrsylän Koulu

Hyrsylän Koulu

On the 7th February 2019, after 1,5 years of work and negotiation since I first sighted Hyrsylän Koulu in 2017, I finally signed the deal of buying this former school. Built in 1905 and closed down in 2015. Now, in March 2020, what’s been happening?

Buildings must be designed to have multiple life

Buildings must be designed to have multiple lifes

At the “Design Matters, Sustainability Matters” event in November 2019 in China, at the 2F MIXPACE, the main topic was about recycling plastic into design objects. I kept wondering on the relevance of the efforts and if we all there were not pissing around the problem!