Publication: Knowledge and visibility of cohousing. Acceptance of cohousing in Madrid society
The issue of housing and urban regeneration is not left out of the social context of globalization in which the society is immersed. It produces an alienation of the individual who is forced to live in spaces that do not always respond to the needs that his/her lifestyle demands. This paper presents cohousing as a more social and egalitarian habitat movement in the urban context. It is a type of collective housing that mixes numerous common spaces with private spaces that guarantee the privacy of the individual. One of the fundamental features of this type of collectivity is the management of all common spaces by its residents, generating an integrated social coexistence of all the inhabitants. The concept of cohousing generates different images in people, from ideological approaches to points of view related to sustainability or associations with the concept of commune. Other people see it as a different way of organizing their daily tasks in community, or as a cooperative. There is also the vision of cohousing as a more economical way of life. The different interpretations that it causes can be a sign of the increasing interest in this lifestyle. This article is structured as follows. First, it tells what cohousing is and where it's come from. Second, it analyzes the knowledge of cohousing in Madrid society. Finally it gives some concrete examples of cases of cohousing in Madrid.
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