No. 24 (2022): Housing Renovation
Research and Experimentation

How Will We Live Together? A Comparative Analysis of Housing Cooperatives in Zurich and Barcelona

Ludovica Rolando
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino
Published July 26, 2022
Keywords
  • Co-housing,
  • Housing cooperative,
  • Right to housing,
  • Participatory design,
  • Mediterranean cohousing
How to Cite
Rolando, L. (2022). How Will We Live Together? A Comparative Analysis of Housing Cooperatives in Zurich and Barcelona. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (24), 157-165. https://doi.org/10.36253/techne-12871

Abstract

This article provides a comparative analysis of two models of not-for-profit housing cooperatives with shared ownership and limited equity in Zurich and Barcelona as non-speculative and participatory processes that contribute to the accessibility and adequacy of an architectural project, which arose from a bottom-up debate on alternative housing models. The cases cited are characterised by high architectural quality and typological innovation and follow high energy standards and environmental sustainability criteria. The investigation consists of a theoretical study according to critically selected bibliographic sources and the analysis of the case studies with an action-research method. The aim of the research is to investigate the nature of the model, measure its effectiveness and hypothesise its applicability in other similar contexts.

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