My Home. Our Design. Our Neighbourhood.
Collaborative approaches offer the potential to form inclusive communities and enable sustainable urban development.
"The project is entirely self-managed by the residents of La Borda. We try to reach consensus and big decisions are taken during our monthly assembly when every family is present."
La Borda, Barcelona
"When I first heard Barnet, I thought “Who wants to live here?” But in the end, how you live becomes more important than where you live…at least that’s what it did for me: I cared more about how I lived."
New Ground, London
"It’s somewhere between renting and owning. Paying 35% of our income is good because it means that low earners can also afford to live here. Fuel bills are extra but mine are only €10 per month."
"Often people say, isn’t it the same as sheltered housing for older people? It really isn’t. The difference is it’s the group that are in charge here. We run it. We manage it."
New Ground, London
"I finally wanted to get out and find my own home. But, it’s really not easy to find a barrier-free flat. It’s been possible for me to find a shared flat group at Spreefeld, and I enjoy living with two other young women"
"We worked on how to do affordable housing and how to do customised housing – not in order to raise the value of the house, but to give people an idea how to adapt the apartment to their own needs."
WHAT WE DO
Through a series of projects we aim to inform the Irish public in regard to alternative, socially and environmentally sustainable housing models.
Smaller open meetings held more regularly. If you would like to come along please email us at the address below.
An event to be run every few months in order to bring interested groups and contributors together. Entry is free and all are welcome.
A two day event scheduled for 06.19 in Dublin. Speakers from various European countries will describe how cohousing works in their cities.
SOA’s work involves research into collaborative housing models which are common in Europe and North America.
We are advocating for and developing proposals by engagement with the general public, professions, social groups and government and financial bodies.
We are publishing our research in a series of bite-sized zines which will be combined into a 'Manual For Cohousing in Ireland'.