Alyssa Dennis

Coliving is an efficient way to live - maximizing resources to lower the financial burden. However, this far-reaching research shows that it's more than that. And, outlines the future it has in housing.

Welcome to One Shared House 2030: this is how you designed it

We asked people how they would like to co-live in 2030. Over 7,000 people from 147 countries have responded and, so far, every single person would be willing to share at least something.

Co-living is growing in popularity in major cities such as London and New York, and we believe this is just the beginning. Shared living will become increasingly attractive to millions of people as they struggle to find adequate and affordable housing in cities in the years to come.

That’s why we launched One Shared House 2030, an online survey that seeks to understand how people would like to live together and what they would be willing to share — or not.

One Shared House 2030 seeks to inform better design decisions when creating future living spaces, by taking people’s preferences and concerns into consideration before drawing the blueprint of how we might live tomorrow.

What makes co-living attractive
The main reason that most people find shared living attractive is because it creates new ways of socialising with others.

Interesting, right? You might think that people would be attracted to shared living to save money, have access to common facilities, or be able to live in a neighbourhood they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. When asked, however, most people said the biggest benefit would actually be the social life.

But maybe it’s not that surprising, after all. Single-occupancy households are increasing in low, middle and high-income countries, as young people increasingly choose not live with their families until they get married, but instead find a place of their own, and as divorce rates rise. But just because more people live alone, it doesn’t mean they’re happy doing so. Studies show we’re becoming increasingly lonely, and that we no longer have a sense of community. We no longer say hello to our neighbours and the city is filled with anonymous faces.

Meanwhile, though we spend much more time on social media, our social networks are smaller than they were 50 years ago. The number of Americans without any close friends has tripled since 1985, according to the General Social Survey. And in many countries, younger and elderly people alike are reporting feeling lonelier than ever. In February 2018, the British government even appointed a “minister for loneliness”.
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