The idea that it’s normal for each nuclear family to own a single-family home, connected to other people only by cars, is actually “radical,” as architect and cohousing development consultant Katie McCamant puts it. “It’s held up this great dream that not only Americans should strive so hard for, but the whole rest of the world looks to as a model now,” she says. “There’s been so much emphasis on independence and on privacy that we really designed community right out of our lives without knowing it.”
A question that many Americans never get a chance to ask is: Should independence be the goal? Or should we seek out other people to rely on–not just for social reasons, but for economic and environmental ones, too? How do we want to live as we age–and how should we live, as this abundant era of American history comes to a close?
In a recent article in Fast Company, entitled “The future of housing looks nothing like today’s,” the author explores American’s notion of what housing should and could look like.
Whether it’s more homes built for inter-generational families or communities like cohousing that help to build closer ties between residents, the future of housing will consist of community-centric spaces. A common thread throughout the 160+ communities that already exist in the U.S. is that there are spaces to gather, to connect, and to interface with neighbors informally throughout the days and weeks.
Click through to read the full article, featuring insights from 500 Communities’ Katie McCamant.