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How Cohousing is an Antidote to Loneliness

A tour of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle and how this way of living together can make us happier.

Submitted by Tyee staff, 25 Apr 2018

 

Not everyone knows their neighbours, and they might have a hard time getting to know them depending on the design of the homes they live in.

“If I was a doctor, I would tell you to take two aspirins and call me in the morning,” Grace Kim said. “But as an architect, I’m going to suggest that you take a walk with your neighbour, share a meal together and call me in 20 years.”

Enter cohousing: a model where people choose to share space with their neighbours, get to know them and look after them. Vancouver’s first opened in 2016.

Kim’s firm designed Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle, where she lives with her family. She gives a tour in this TED Talk and shares how cohousing can help fight urban loneliness.

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