Shared space in urban and residential environments offers the potential for social interaction, community, and resource-sharing, allowing the enjoyment of the resources with lower environmental impact.
Apartments[edit | edit source]
Shared space in apartment buildings has been attempted but with little success.
The Highpoint IW apartment, built in England in 1935, was forward thinking and highly praised, but the plan for its foyer areas to function as a social forum never worked in practice. Neither was the roof terrace (an important element in Le Corbusier's theory of modern architecture) furnished or greatly used, though it was originally intended to be.
Cohousing[edit | edit source]
Cohousing is built around the idea of shared space, balanced by adequate personal space to allow privacy when desired. Thus the people who choose to live in cohousing are consciously choosing a more community-oriented living environment (an intentional community with more personal space) so this may be expected to help the spaces work better.
How well do they work? Anecdotally some work well, but has a study been done?[expansion needed]
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