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Brief Published: 5 Apr 2018

How Will We Manage Co-Living in 2030?

Brooklyn-based design incubator A/D/O hosted the panel Shared Living, Better Living? in New York on March 28 to discuss co-living's future. Moderated by Irene Pereyra of New York design firm Anton + Irene in partnership with Danish think-tank Space10, speakers reflected on findings from Ikea's project One Shared House 2030 (see blog post). We highlight key takeaways.

  • Ageing Together: Matthias Hollwich, founder of New York architecture firm HWKN, presented concept co-living community Skyler, which would provide long-term urban housing for all ages. "Our homes should protect us as we age," he emphasised. Skyler supports residents through singledom, family life and empty nesting with a modular layout that can transform a single, family-appropriate unit into separate studios linked via a shared space. See also Building Homes for the Changing US Household and Smarter Spaces: Optimising the Home.  
  • Value Communication: While logistics tend to dominate co-living discussions, Holley Murchison, founder of Californian coaching agency Oratory Glory, suggested that communication skills underline successful shared-housing experiences. Murchison advised forming communities around values, rather than interests (see Tribe and OpenDoor for examples of interest-driven communities).  
  • Abolish Museum Rooms: Noting that many co-living spaces in NYC attract affluent residents, Graham Hill of New York design firm LifeEdited explored micro-living as a lower-cost alternative. Instead of paying for 'museum rooms' (rooms that aren't used daily), Hill proposed residents share spaces like formal dining rooms and guest bedrooms in exchange for lower rents and reduced maintenance costs.  

For more on future living solutions, see our reports Blended Lifestyles, New Metropolitans and Tomorrow's Wandering Workers.