I really appreciate the blog posted by Laurence about Cohousing lessons. Not only for the reason that we have some similar views about the positive factors, like affordability, liveability and low impact brought by Cohousing community, but also for his distinctive perspective in terms of housing demand in UK. Actually, as a student from another country, which means we have different background in many aspects, I`m quite confused about economy policy as well as market demand of housing domain locally.

Laurence presented us a concise and comprehensive illustration for the needs of the amount of affordable housing. ‘There are more than 1.8 million households waiting for a social home — an increase of 81% since 1997’ (Shelter). We can see obviously that we will face a big challenge under the huge demand for affordable housing. And I also believe that Cohousing mode is a more proper solution for the shortage of it. Especially for the young family with relatively low income and the old at a situation of loneliness — apparently they need a lively atmosphere not only for psychological need but also for some emergent events.

On the other hand, as Laurence said, ‘the way Cohousing developments are designed to increase liveability’. According to Meltzer Graham, which is an Australian scholar, he proposed that close relationship between neighborhoods affects the behavior of residents in terms of affordable and low impact practice from four social ways: Influence, Exchange, Cooperation and Support. Therefore I think cohousing community provides us an effective mode to solve the real demand of people. Not only can it offer an affordable choice, but also a liveable living environment.


[1] Meltzer G. Sustainable Community: Learning from the Cohousing Model. Victoria, B.C.:Trafford, 2005.