Re: Interesting document on the history of collaborative housing in Europe
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:58:32 -0700 (PDT)
Joani, thanks for point out the history article:

The 11 page article by Dick Urban Vestbro from November 2008 is in English
but has a little Swedish in illustrations.  He traces "collaborative
housing" back a very long way.  I found it interesting how he found
changing women's roles to be so much a motivation for the evolution of
collaborative housing.  Other trends seemed to be toward
preparation of meals by residents rather than by a paid staff. This seemed
to be more possible as communities were designed for fewer people. The
term "unit" in the paper refers to a community while we use the term
"unit" for a households residence within a community.

I found it interesting that the community Fardknappen
that I visited was mentioned.  I described it here:


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