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As my friends and I grow older, we’re setting our sights on communal living. Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers.

As my friends and I grow older, we’re setting our sights on communal living

Digital nomad problems: NomadList and RemoteOk founder Pieter Levels explains why he has quit the nomadic lifestyle — Quartz. After launching NomadList and RemoteOk, Pieter Levels became something of a common name in the burgeoning digital nomad community.

Digital nomad problems: NomadList and RemoteOk founder Pieter Levels explains why he has quit the nomadic lifestyle — Quartz

Online he could be seen posting photos from Hong Kong one day, and tweeting from Thailand the next. His blog quickly became a place of inspiration for despairing office workers stuck at their 9 to 5 jobs. Communal Living in Oregon Helps Parents With Child Rearing and Money. COLTON, Oregon—On 20 acres of land outside Portland, eight adults are rethinking what many Americans would consider a normal family structure.

Communal Living in Oregon Helps Parents With Child Rearing and Money

They’re trying to address many of the burdens that come with modern life, including the hours taken up by full-time jobs and the challenges of raising children in a nuclear family. The four couples—two with young children, two with teenagers—share the property, a rambling plot of land with meadows, forests, a brook and an assortment of old rusted-out cars and trailers leftover from the previous property owner. There’s a main house and two small cabins out back; One of the only rules for the community is that everybody will share the main house’s two bathrooms, one shower and the kitchen. It’s an experiment in community living in which the families help raise each other’s children, pool resources for rent and food, share skills and knowledge, and keep each other sane.

An Exclusive Look At Airbnb's First Foray Into Urban Planning. Two years ago, the founders of Airbnb were asking themselves what the company could become, now that its vision of becoming the world's largest home-share community had come true beyond their wildest expectations.

An Exclusive Look At Airbnb's First Foray Into Urban Planning

That’s when they happened across a list of the top 10 tech companies of the 1990s. They were stunned—and scared. Nine of those once-hot companies were now floundering or dead, and they had all done everything right. But by simply focusing on their core businesses, each of those startups had allowed competitors to copy them. I’ve given up my home to become a digital nomad — Hostfully. In the future we will all be homeless says co-living entrepreneur. Home ownership is set to become a thing of the past, according to the entrepreneur behind London co-living start-up The Collective, because socially liberated millennials are more likely to choose "living as a service".

In the future we will all be homeless says co-living entrepreneur

The Collective's chief operating officer James Scott said that the changing housing needs of Generation Y – who are settling down later, if at all – is leading to a future where everyone is "homeless". "In the future we will all be homeless," he said, addressing an audience at the Tech Open Air festival in Berlin yesterday. "Where previously we moved straight from adolescence into adulthood, we now take our time to become more socially liberated and culturally diverse, experimenting to find out what – and who – we love, before committing to it in adulthood.

" Scott said the appetite for this type of property is growing so rapidly that it is likely to become the standard way of living. "The median age of marriage has shifted from 20 to 29 in the past 40 years," he added. Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes - Curbed. "This stuff is very proven in Europe and Latin America," says the younger Zeppelin.

Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes - Curbed

"It’s universal human values. It’s not everybody’s ideal, but some people want a version of urban housing that works for people throughout their lives. We just completed 50 units of family housing, and leased out almost immediately. " The Taxi development, now part of the hip RiNo, or River North Art District, contains a child care center, maker’s studio, and community garden.

It could be labeled peak millennial if it wasn’t so successful, so deeply considered, and so not meant for a single demographic. "Everyone at these real estate conferences mentions millennials like 50 times, but the real estate market is slow moving and reactionary," he says. It’s true that homeownership among this age group has traditionally been lower than in previous generations.

Last year, millennials, the largest generation in American history, purchased 35 percent of homes sold in the U.S. The last time this many American adults lived with their parents it was 1880. In years gone by, when people imagined the 21st Century, they predicted everything from hoverboards to cryogenic freezing and teleportation.

The last time this many American adults lived with their parents it was 1880

One rather more mundane aspect of modern living that the futurists overlooked was the fact that more and more of us would be living at home with our parents. New research has found that in 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, young American adults were more likely to be living with their mum and dad than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household. What do the figures show? New Pew Research Center analysis of census data shows that in 2014, 32% of young adults were still living in their parental home, 31% were living with a spouse or partner in their own household and 14% of young adults were heading up a household in which they lived alone, were a single parent or lived with one or more roommates.

Image: Bloomberg. The case against tiny houses. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I love tiny houses.

The case against tiny houses

My own apartment is a little over 300 square feet, most of which is taken up by a Murphy bed. The idea of building an entire free-standing structure where every appliance and piece of furniture can fold into something else is very appealing. And for decades now, that's what the tiny house movement has been doing. Typically, the houses are pre-made by some place like the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and then, to circumvent minimum house size rules present in many jurisdictions' zoning codes, are placed on wheels and parked in a backyard or trailer park.

Videos detailing the houses' clever space-saving tricks are a reliably effective genre of lifestyle porn: The End of the Suburbs. A major change is underway in where and how we are choosing to live.

The End of the Suburbs

In 2011, for the first time in nearly a hundred years, the rate of urban population growth outpaced suburban growth, reversing a trend that held steady for every decade since the invention of the automobile. In several metropolitan areas, building activity that was once concentrated in the suburban fringe has now shifted to what planners call the “urban core,” while demand for large single-family homes that characterize our modern suburbs is dwindling. The Evolution of Co-living. The Evolution of Co-living.

The Evolution of Co-living

The-future-will-we-all-have-roommates. This weekend, residents will begin moving into New York’s newest experiment in communal living: a blocky red-and-white building in Williamsburg, nestled snugly against the BQE. It’s run by the company Common, which sells “co-living," a relatively new product that’s a start-up version of rental roommate shares. The Williamsburg building is Common’s third and the largest in the city; there are 51 bedrooms, priced between $2,250 and $3,190 for month-to-month rent. Some of those bedrooms look out on the freeway, but think of them as race-car beds for grown-ups.

The glass is remarkably soundproof, and you can pull the blinds if you don’t want the motorists to see your junk. After accepting applications for the last several months, Common reports that the Williamsburg building will open at 80 percent capacity. Fastcompany. Coliving, the latest trend in real estate, is often compared to "dorms for adults. " Instead of isolated apartments, housing projects like WeWork’s WeLive offer tiny, furnished rooms and abnormally generous common spaces. High house prices prompt some to buy real estate with friends. When Jeremy Campbell purchased a house in Ladner, B.C., with his sister and her husband in 2010, it was meant to be a temporary arrangement until he could upgrade to a place of his own.

"The initial plan was to do this short term just to get into the market, build some equity ... get my foot in the door," says Campbell, who covered one third of the down payment on a 2,000 square-foot home that's split into two suites. But with home prices in the Lower Mainland's red-hot real estate market soaring, Campbell says they're thinking of staying put.

"We'll invest in the house to expand it versus selling and going our separate ways," says Campbell, noting that a renovation is needed to accommodate the growing family, which now includes his fiancee, their new dog and his three-year-old niece. Crime in the community: when 'designer' social housing goes wrong. In photographs, Centre Village doesn’t look like the generic image of social housing. A playful cluster of stucco buildings surround a serene inner courtyard. Bold, orange-framed windows punctuate the white walls. Divorced Parents, Living Close for the Children’s Sake. Photo Four years ago, Cristina Gitti and Matteo Bologna, the parents of two daughters, decided to divorce. A Tiny Home by Choice in New York City. MINI presents shared living spaces as solution to housing crisis. Milan 2016: car brand MINI has developed a concept for shared urban living and is "seriously exploring" how it can apply its brand values to help solve the housing shortage (+ slideshow).

The MINI Living installation in Milan includes a 30-square-metre apartment that could form part of a "micro-neighbourhood" of living spaces, with shared facilities within a larger residential building. Teeny house, big lie: Why so many proponents of the tiny-house movement have decided to upsize. Emporter son appart à chaque déménagement. Vous connaissez l'histoire de Diogène et de son tonneau ? » La construction de maisons individuelles à un creux «historique » au Québec.

Photo tirée du site instituteformodern.co.uk Il suffit d’aller se promener à Vaudreuil, Mirabel ou Beloeil pour le constater: l’attrait de la maison unifamiliale demeure bien réel pour les jeunes familles. Dans ces anciennes régions agricoles, transformées en banlieues montréalaises en raison de l’étalement urbain, les maisons récentes –et souvent indissociables les unes des autres– s’étalent à perte de vue. Après des années fastes au milieu des années 2000, l’âge d’or de la maison neuve semble toutefois tirer à sa fin au Québec.

En fait, la construction d’unifamiliales est tombée en 2015 à un creux «historique » dans la province, indique la Société canadienne d’hypothèques et de logement (SCHL) dans un bilan publié lundi. Sur les 33 029 mises en chantier enregistrées l’an dernier au Québec, à peine 6424 étaient des maisons individuelles. Source: SCHL Comme plusieurs de ses confrères, l’économiste estime « peu probable » un renversement de cette tendance pancanadienne. From WeWork To WeLive: Startup Moves Members Into Its First Residential Building. Coworking startup WeWork began testing its first residential offering in New York City over the weekend, a source close to the company told Fast Company. Six Months Inside A Coliving House, Silicon Valley's Answer To Urban Housing Problems. "You live with eight people?

Are you a flight attendant? " I’ve become accustomed to fielding those types of questions—from friends, bewildered relatives, and dates—since I moved into a four-story brownstone in Brooklyn six months ago. Yes, I answer, I live with eight people. Cohabitat: connaître ses 40 voisins. Les résidants de Cohabitat Québec font des économies sur divers points - chauffage, entretien, gymnase, etc. Ils doivent toutefois faire partie d'une équipe de travail - cuisine, vaisselle, ménage, tâches diverses - et d'un cercle de décision. On leur demande de donner, grosso modo, neuf heures par mois au bénéfice de la vie en commun. La famille Gueppe-D'Eer. Millennials want experiences not possessions say co-living entrepreneurs. Shared living spaces are booming in major cities as young people seek a more sociable lifestyle, according to the entrepreneurs behind the "co-living" accommodation trend (+ slideshow).

Naomi Cleaver: expect student-style accommodation for adults. Student-style accommodation with communal facilities could help solve London's housing crisis and regenerate urban centres around the country, according to interior designer and TV presenter Naomi Cleaver. Cleaver, who has designed numerous student accommodation projects including iQ Shoreditch in London, said that offering similar rental accommodation could provide city-centre accommodation for adults who are unable to buy their own property.

La Plume de Feu - éditeur de Aube, le recueil de solutions écologiques. Think your commute is long? Try Barcelona to London. A global experiment in co-living. Homeless Are Flocking to America's Forests, But It's Damaging the Land. Is the World Ready for Global Nomads? Google and the Feds Team Up to Build the City of the Future. Itinerary — Remote Year. Roam. Free. Study: A Hatred of Long Commutes Might Explain Why Wealthy Americans Are Returning to City Centers. This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours. Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks at AARP Age-Friendly NYC Livability Solutions Forum.

The shift to smaller households over the past century. Reinventing.paris / Competition for innovative urban projects. Teeny house, big lie: Why so many proponents of the tiny-house movement have decided to upsize. Would you rent out your home as an office workspace? Vivre avec une personne âgée: une coloc’ originale pour les étudiants. New U.S. Homes Make Room for Airbnb Crowd. Is This The House That Will Turn Millennials Into Homeowners? Rise of families with three generations under one roof  Our house, it’s a demographic feat: How multigenerational family living is changing the face of Canadian households.

Single parent flat-sharing – a new way to live. Coliving: A Solution for Lonely Millennials? L'habitat participatif, une autre façon de bâtir sa vie. A Twist on Caring for a Parent: Move Into the Home. Mon père est mort dans un Airbnb. Et il n’est pas le seul. Forget Renting. This Is the Next Big Thing in the Sharing Economy. Flexible, Friendly Shared Housing. The Millennial Commune. Logement : et si l’avenir était dans le partage ? — Share qui peut !