The first International collaborative housing conference
The last 20 years have seen a growing interest in cohousing and other alternative forms of living in Sweden as well as internationally. The search for a sense of community remains an important driving force behind demands for cohousing. During the last ten years new aspects have been added, such as housing for the 'second half of life' and planning for more sustainable lifestyles.
Collaborative housing networks in a number of countries have taken an interest in the Swedish cohousing model, which is characterized by a strong involvement by municipal housing companies and by political initiatives combined with efforts from independent non-government organizations. The fact that these companies offer rental housing means that cohousing is accessible also to single parents and retired people with limited incomes.
Against this background, the association Kollektivhus NU and the Division of Urban and Regional Studies of The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) invite interested persons and organisations to an international conference on collaborative housing, to take place in Stockholm 5-9 May 2010. The conference will provide a forum for researchers, housing companies, politicians and activists to meet and discuss experiences of different models of collaborative living. The conference is intended to give an overview of current international praxis and knowledge and to strengthen existing international cooperation.