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Co-housing, sustainable urban development and governance : An introduction

Thörn, Håkan ; Larsen, Henrik Gutzon LU ; Hagbert, Pernilla and Wasshede, Cathrin (2020) p.1-19
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Co-housing is often lauded as an alternative housing form offering a more socially, ecologically and economically sustainable way of living. This book takes its departure in the need for a critical exploration of co-housing in the context of sustainable urban development, beyond the normative approach that often characterizes co-housing research. Based on a four-year research project involving in-depth studies of co-housing in and around major cities in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Spain, the empirical and theoretical contributions presented in the book explore how co-housing developments can be understood and contextualized in urban sustainability discourses and policies in Europe today. The introductory chapter outlines the analytical... (More)
Co-housing is often lauded as an alternative housing form offering a more socially, ecologically and economically sustainable way of living. This book takes its departure in the need for a critical exploration of co-housing in the context of sustainable urban development, beyond the normative approach that often characterizes co-housing research. Based on a four-year research project involving in-depth studies of co-housing in and around major cities in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Spain, the empirical and theoretical contributions presented in the book explore how co-housing developments can be understood and contextualized in urban sustainability discourses and policies in Europe today. The introductory chapter outlines the analytical and contextual framework of the book. After a brief description of the definitions used and the research approach taken, the chapter introduces a discussion on the discourse of sustainable development, to frame the ‘sustainability problems’ that co-housing is perceived to solve. Analytically, it is found relevant to distinguish between two contextual dimensions of co-housing: (1) urban civil society; and (2) urban governance. These contextual dimensions, in turn, are argued to relate to two key facets of co-housing, as recurring themes throughout the book: revolving around forms of community, and forms of autonomy. (Less)
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Contemporary Co-housing in Europe : Towards Sustainable Cities? - Towards Sustainable Cities?
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Hagbert, Pernilla ; Larsen, Henrik Gutzon ; Thörn, Håkan and Wasshede, Cathrin
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1 - 19
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Routledge
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978-0-429-45017-4
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10.4324/9780429450174-1
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Cohousing and sustainable urban development: cases from Denmark, Germany, Spain and Sweden
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English
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  booktitle    = {Contemporary Co-housing in Europe : Towards Sustainable Cities?},
  editor       = {Hagbert, Pernilla and Larsen, Henrik Gutzon and Thörn, Håkan and Wasshede, Cathrin},
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  title        = {Co-housing, sustainable urban development and governance : An introduction},
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  doi          = {10.4324/9780429450174-1},
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