You live in your very own sitcom.
IN THIS ECONOMY?? Co-living is in, McMansions are out. Sharing space with your friends, your grandma, someone else’s grandma, your extended family, other TikTok creators, forever roommates… it’s convenient, gives you an immediate community, reduces cost of living, AND you help save the planet too. Why not make funny stuff with the people you live with?
Co-living isn’t new; it has been a millennia-long norm for humanity. In many cultures and parts of the world, multiple generations still live in the same household. Living alone, moving out of familial homes at a young age, and nuclear families, are modern developments in human history—a trend that started primarily in Western industrialized nations.
But what is old is new again. Living with friends and family offers social, mental and physical benefits. Loneliness dips. Life expectancy could increase. Sharing resources means lower bills. And carbon emissions decrease. What’s not to love?
Live Large, Emit Little
Solution 1Smaller homes: Homes with smaller footprints require less energy to heat and cool.
Solution 2Sharing space: Multi-family homes or apartments spread energy costs across more people.
The idea of living more densely within buildings (i.e. co-living or living in smaller spaces) can be expanded to living in more dense communities and cities. This means living in more compact, walkable areas with easy access to shops, schools, grocery stores and other amenities.
Share & Care: How else might we celebrate denser living and the values of cooperation and connection they represent?
Hold a clothing swap party with roommatesWhy buy new clothes when you have a couple of other wardrobes to choose from?
Coliving can be high-end and accessibleSome co-living design inspo from around the world.
Expand ideas about how we should and could liveIf you’re in the market, maybe share the cost of buying a home—with a friend. Start a Mommune. Live with your (or someone else’s) grandparents.
Screenwriter dreams? Create your own roomie sitcomAfter all, some of the best TV gets its drama from peeps who live in close proximity with each other: Woke, How I Met Your Mother, Mo, Ramy, New Girl, Big Bang Theory…
There are literally no downsides to splitting utility costs
Get to know your neighborsThe French have got it right with the Republic of Super Neighbors.
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