With great insight, Anitra Nelson shows how collaborative housing is emerging across the world to re-ignite the ‘Small Is Beautiful’ spirit of E.F. Schumacher. This wonderful guide features inspiring examples for those who want to use shared eco-housing to tackle the challenges ahead.
This is a timely report and a critical and informed exploration of an important and growing housing sector in which ideas of equity, sharing, and ecological responsibility are essential parts of real, successful communities. Anitra Nelson is a seasoned and respected academic with a strong passion and deep understanding of ‘eco-collaborative housing’ as both great places to live and as powerful models for making convivial human places in a crowded and stressful world.
Small is Necessary is about one of the great crises and challenges of our time, accessing housing that is both affordable and sustainable. This book ranges widely and interrogates deeply. It imaginatively opens new and challenging horizons on the need to find forms of housing that are communal, affordable and sustainable.
Anitra’s book takes you on a journey that peels away layer after layer of traditional housing models to show the reader more and more eco-collaborative possibilities. You are left with a whole new menu of how things could be, and an appealing and inspiring vision at the end.
Bronwen Morgan, Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales (Australia)
Small and shared: low impact living
Does small mean less? Not necessarily. In an era of housing crises, environmental unsustainability and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. The answer? Small and shared living —from joint households to land-sharing, cohousing and ecovillages.
Using successful examples from a range of countries, Small Is Necessary shows how ‘eco-collaborative housing’ — resident-driven low impact living with shared facilities and activities — can address the great social, economic and sustainability challenges that householders and capitalist societies face today. Sharing living spaces and facilities results in householders having more amenities and opportunities for neighbourly interaction.
Small Is Necessary places contemporary models of ‘alternative’ housing and living at centre stage arguing that they are outward looking, culturally rich, with low ecological footprints and offer governance techniques for a more equitable and sustainable future.
1. Less Is More: Living Closely on a Finite Planet
PART I COMPACT URBAN HOUSING
2. Once We Were Small: Traditional and Contemporary Homes
3. Apartment Living in Cities
4. Apartment Household Practices and Affordability
PART II ECO-COHOUSING AND ECOVILLAGES
5. From Sharing a House to Eco-cohousing
6. Ecovillages: Sustainability and System Change
PART III FUTURES: SCALING UP, SHARED LANDSCAPES, SHARED LIVELIHOODS
7. ‘Will You Dance with Us?’ Governments and Collaborative Housing
8. ‘To Market, to Market’: Eco-collaborative Housing for Sale
9. Grassroots Sustainability: Sociality and Governance
10. Small Is Necessary and, with Sharing, Feasible
Media and accessing
Click here to find items on the book: useful for reading groups and classrooms, at the Pluto Press blog and the Progress in Political Economy blog; at The Fifth Estate; and the UK Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) blog.
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