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The Co-Housing Phenomenon

Environmental Alliance in Times of Changes


Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Emanuele Giorgi
    Pages 1-26
  3. Emanuele Giorgi
    Pages 27-58
  4. Emanuele Giorgi
    Pages 59-91
  5. Emanuele Giorgi
    Pages 93-115
  6. Emanuele Giorgi
    Pages 117-258
  7. Emanuele Giorgi
    Pages 259-263
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-269

About this book


This book presents 50 case studies of contemporary co-housing projects spread all over the world to show how communities of shared living have become a global phenomenon that can serve as a tool to promote social and urban sustainability. By presenting evidence that shared housing experiences are capable of revitalizing sterile urban fabrics and promoting social sustainable practices, the volume situates co-housing experiences as microscale responses to the macroscale challenges posed by environmental degradation and the decline of communitarian ways of living.

The volume also reviews the most famous typologies of shared living in different parts of the world across human history. By analyzing historical experiences in different regions of Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, the author shows that living together is part of a historical culture of sharing that is being rediscovered all over the world by people who activate public spaces, work in shared offices or live in contractual communities.

The Co-Housing Phenomenon – Environmental Alliance in Times of Changes will be of interest to both professionals and scholars involved in urban design, urban planning and architecture, especially those in the field of sustainable urbanism. It will also be a valuable resource for public agents and civil society organizations dealing with housing, social, environmental and sustainability policies.


Co-housing Urban sustainability Urban renewal Sustainable urbanism Sustainable housing Shared living Participatory design Social sustainability Social revitalization Anthropocene Technocene

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture, Art and DesignTecnologico de MonterreyChihuahuaMexico

About the authors

Emanuele Giorgi is Full Time Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua (Mexico), he develops activities of teaching and research about the topics of communities and territorial sustainable development. He is PhD in Civil Engineering and Architecture, title earned in 2016 at the University of Pavia (Italy) 
with a research on communities and contemporary relationship between Humanity and Environment. For his research 
activities on territorial phenomena, he is member of the International Society of Urban Health (ISUH) and of the 
laboratory China Lab (China architecture urban studies Lab), which is an international research network operative 
mainly between Italy and China. 

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