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Published on April 13, 2019 by Qasim Naqvi

Co-Living spaces project– this article explains the details of our co-living spaces project


The growth of the population, the growing ecological awareness and a new generation that does not tolerate deficient services challenge traditional lifestyles. The problem is most evident in urban areas where the demand for compact, affordable and sustainable housing is increasing unprecedented. Failure to meet this requirement forces people to live in substandard housing, which affects their location, services and expenses. This promotes lonely and unsustainable lifestyles. Although we live closer than ever, the feelings of home, community and property are increasingly lost. In this context, the developments that coexist in the developed western world are attracting new attention.

It has been empirically demonstrated that a pragmatic response, exemplified by equality, flexibility and the sharing of contemporary life, offers a high level of life and psychological well-being. This ability to deal with the problems of traditional housing typologies in the face of complex social and physical challenges puts them in a unique position to promote sustainable development. However, in contemporary living environments, there are different dynamics and negotiations that are not familiar with traditional living spaces.

Human and non-human actors collide in densely populated spaces and each must adapt to integrate into the other. This creates scenarios, conflicts and interactions in a vast and fluid network. In practice, contemporary developments in community life cannot understand how this network presents itself and works. This negatively affects their attractiveness and accessibility and limits their wider application. This project is based on the assumption that we must better understand contemporary Co-Living to increase its use and obtain the full range of its economic, social and environmental benefits. This problem was examined in two formats: a written report and an essay based on other means of understanding, implementing and creating a project., Summary diagram of the project, collaborative. Together, they explore the realities of contemporary Co-Living in two opposing developments in London and present information to better negotiate the dynamics of shared spaces.

The project is carried out with a view to sustainable development. It begins with the use of joint design theory and action research to understand the relationships between people, places and artifacts, and to learn to share, live and experience space. These include active observations and data collection in the form of case studies, interviews and desk research. With an established framework for design interventions, the concepts are developed and visualized in joint workshops. After the analysis and feedback of the interested parties, a unique concept is transformed into a physical prototype that is tested in the field.

 The considerations on the result of the design and the process are presented in a summary and discussion. This artifact is a functional and modular collection of furniture that promotes interaction and user commitment. However, it is mainly used as a teaching and research tool to allow developers to monitor patterns and movements and better understand how residents live, live and live together. This offers the opportunity to improve residents’ experience and quality of life and inform users about the best use of available services and space.

This project demonstrates the value of stakeholder engagement and the role of design as a method of exploration in the broader context of contemporary research and sustainable development. It also shows how artifacts can alter our actions and experiences, combat prejudices and generate new knowledge.

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Category: Coliving