Living Together Privately: for a Cautious Reading of Cohousing

Chiodelli F., Baglione V. (2013), “Living Together Privately: for a Cautious Reading of Cohousing”, Urban Research and Practice, 7 (1): 20-34

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The paper analyses cohousing as a part of the phenomenon of private residential communities. Firstly, we provide an overview of cohousing and we identify its five constitutive characteristics. Secondly, we propose a comparison between the constitutive features of cohousing and of other kinds of private residential communities. Thirdly, we argue that the interpretation of cohousing within the context of private residential communities raises some doubts about a fully positive interpretation of the phenomenon and about policies for promoting it.

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