Living together_threshold: Spaces between private and public realms in cohousing

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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2017
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Mcode
Degree programme
Creative Sustainability
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en
Pages
105 + 8
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In Finnish modern apartment buildings, people hardly find intermediate spaces to communicate with their neighbours because current housing practice maximizes the rentable area of the building. Therefore, when the apartment dwellers step out from their entrances, they experience barren hallways only functioning as a passage. Like this, there is no chance to have a personal realm outside of the apartment. In consequence, the residents experience a big threshold to go outside from their home. Eventually, it leads to less communication among neighbours. Especially, children, elderly and people with intellectual disability have more possibility of isolation when they have no obligatory task outside. For these reasons, the author searches for threshold (transitional) spaces in cohousing from traditional to contemporary examples, and analyzes the connection of spaces with the “Network Theory 1”. Based on the results of the analysis, the author proposes an imaginary cohousing in Finnish urban context. In the imaginary scenario, around 20 dwellers would be in different family situations and ages. The cohousing aims to create new threshold spaces that would facilitate the connection among neighbours and foster a feeling of solidarity as being a part of a community.
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Sanaksenaho, Pirjo
Thesis advisor
Verma, Ira
Isoniemi, Laura
Keywords
intellectual disabilities, threshold space, intermediate space, integrated living, cohousing, network theory
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