Living Closer: The Many Faces of Co-Housing

This report, produced by Studio Weave architects with the RIBA, argues that several issues contributing to the UK's housing crisis could be combatted through the introduction of new residential models.

It suggests that co-living/co-housing – a residential setup where occupants share a range of amenities, from basic living spaces to premium services – could help make city life more affordable and pleasurable for a wide range of people, including older people.

It points to residential communities that have been forged by people looking for more opportunities to socialise, such as New Ground Co-housing - a residential neighbourhood specifically for women over 50 in High Barnet (a Housing LIN case study) - as well as plans for United St Saviour’s Almshouse in Bermondsey, featured in RIBA’s recent Age-Friendly Housing: Future design for older people publication.