With changing lifestyles, rising rents, and the explosion of the sharing economy, innovative and disruptive forms of living are emerging all around the world. One major trend seems to be a desire to live in a more connected way, and various models of communal living are rapidly gaining traction.
Fed up with isolated, unsustainable and unexciting modes of living? Here are four game-changers to keep an eye on:
ReGen Villages – A Vision For Sustainable Living
ReGen Villages are aiming to build small residential communities that are high-tech, off-grid, and self-sufficient. The project envisions developments that can produce all of their food and energy, tackling a host of environmental issues surrounding resources and pollution. Each eco-village would contain homes with attached greenhouses in which families can grow food and recycle waste products. It’s designed to be entirely ‘regenerative’, meaning that resources are used in a closed loop – outputs from one system can be used as inputs for another, such as with waste products being used for energy or fertilizer.
Since revealing their plans this summer, the project has gone viral. The company are currently working on their pilot project in Almere, Netherlands (expected 2018), and have signed agreements to develop ReGen villages in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Belgium.
Roam – An International Network For Digital Nomads
Roam boast an impressive global network of co-living and co-working spaces. Perfect for the digital nomad, signing a single lease allows you live in any of their developments around the world – from Bali to Miami to Madrid (with spaces in London, Tokyo and San Francisco coming soon). At their Ubud oasis (pictured), residents have their own serviced rooms alongside access to communal spaces, including a pool, co-working space, kitchen, cafe and yoga area.
This annual festival sees the creation of a temporary community in the middle of the Nevada desert. It’s an experiment in community and art, built upon principles of self-expression, self-reliance, civic responsibility and community co-operation.
Every year, 5.5 miles of empty desert fill up with all manner of people doing... all manner of things. A key theme is participation, and festival goers are encouraged to share their creativity and talents with the community.
Burning Man is an interesting and unique example of a way in which people come together en masse to form an active and connected community – one that leaves no trace of its existence after the festival. What can we learn from this community to built more permanent residential developments in more creative and integrated ways?
The Collective Old Oak – Pioneering Co-living in London
The Collective are providing Londoners with an entirely new way of living at their Old Oak development, the world’s largest co-living space of over 500 people. Comprised of self-contained studio apartments and amazing shared facilities, Old Oak offers its members onsite amenities like a gym, launderette, restaurant, and bar. There’s also a games room, secret garden, library and themed kitchens in which members can socialise.
To encourage an active and connected community, Old Oak hosts daily activities and events: from yoga to live music, film nights to guest speaker series, potlucks to weekly breakfasts. Members are invited to co-create the community – since Old Oak opened in May, residents have set up numerous events, clubs and community initiatives.
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Written by Grace Waters