Co-housing initiatives are currently on the rise in most European countries. CohousingCo-housing advocates inclusiveness and sustainability and points the way to new models of design as well as of co-creation processes. This contribution explores the spatial criteria used to match the co-housing ideals, and compares Dutch and Swiss co-housing practices. The Netherlands can be seen as an early pioneer of co-housing and Switzerland as forerunner in the field of housing cooperatives. In both countries, grass-root initiatives are increasingly recognised as important urban development partnerpartners. The case-studies show that this can lead to high-quality housing, particularly when institutions, professionals and residents operate on the same key-values. Collaboration is also essential to transfer the experiences to mainstream housing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKooperation Bau und Raum
Subtitle of host publicationNew collaborations in housing design
EditorsUlrike Sturm, Melanie Lienhard
Place of PublicationLuzern
PublisherHochschule Luzern
Chapter10
Pages187-211
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN: 978-3-7281-3904-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-7281-3903-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2018

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