Co-living is a trend that understands the roots of the human being and its requirements to group. From clans, through towns to cities, people have seen the need to grow through interaction with other individuals.
The new ways of inhabiting spaces respond to the cultural requirement of humans to group together to socialize and evolve. Nowadays, housing has changed dramatically; shared spaces are proposed as a solution to loneliness and isolation.
“While co-living was officially born in Silicon Valley USA, solutions for the same problems have been sought after in Latin America for a long time. There are primitive models of solidarity economies such as natilleras (small savings clubs), barters, co-housing (tenement houses) and many more that, perhaps due to lack of self-belief or self-confidence, were not evolved and exported to the world as a local collective creation,”
Said Christian Salgado, architect and PMO Manager at M + Group.
People have gone from talking about “me” to talk about “we”, increasingly demanding to share experiences, knowledge and emotions with others, foundations that translate into the fundamental core of co-living.
This trend offers opportunities for career, social, and academic growth; it is based on sharing a single residential structure with a group of individuals. The goal is not only to share a home but to create a participatory community.
The most recurring aspects of co-living are:
- Medium and long stays
- Sense of community.
- Common facilities for daily use.
- Development of social programs.
- Solidarity economy model.
- Relatively economic costs.
The sharing and development of community projects responds to people’s taste for cultivating diversity, memorable experiences, and leaving aside the complexity of managing their own assets.
Co-living is causing a stir among designers and architects. The common housing unit goes through disturbing identity changes.
The real estate sector is in search of solutions to meet the needs of contemporary nomads, of those people who seek to belong and travel, as well as working from different places in the world. They require spaces that merge the social dimension of relationship, work and leisure. The challenge is in the creation of multipurpose places that allow communication, fun, rest and knowledge.