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Cohousing: Social Interaction target

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More and More countries and places are supporting the development of more sustainable neighborhood, more activity means more livable. Besides, neighborhoods can help the redevelopment of local society. Social interaction will bring the knowledge of residents, and social structure. Also, this will make residents build up the trust with each other, and make the conversation begin and enhance the social network connection. So it is very important that the new residential neighbourhoods are designed with the point of increasing social connection.

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Source: Source: http://www.white-design.com/consultancy/bristol-co-housing/
Cohousing provides a very useful model of anlysis for its design with social contact and formal social stuctures to encourage residential neighborhood social interaction, such as community management and communal activity organizations, and decision making processes.
The design approach used in cohousing also adopts most of the architectural and urban design principles identified in the literature as being crucial to high levels of social interaction in neighbourhoods (for example higher densities, good visibility, clustering, inclusion of defensible space and car parking on the periphery of communities, etc.). Thus, cohousing also provides an opportunity to study the implementation of all of these principles together to determine which are key or less important in
terms of encouraging social interaction.
The management of indoor communal facilities was also shown to influence usage and social interaction. The exclusion of residents from communal facilities for private events was highlighted in both communities as being a factor that reduced social interaction, as it created conflict and lowered use of communal facilities by those who were excluded. Poor maintenance of communal spaces wasalso shown to reduce use and social interaction.

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Source: https://www.google.com.hk/search?q=cohousing&safe=strict&client=aff-cs-360se&hs=Fzg&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Xd1ZVbPONsWMsgGX8YGwCQ&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=577#imgrc=FD6ekOjnQP8jtM%253A%3BzToutGphyNtANM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcohousing-cultures.net%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2012%252F09%252Fplatform.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcohousing-cultures.net%252Fcohousing-platform%252F%253Flang%253Den%3B450%3B251

More and More countries and places are supporting the development of more sustainable neighborhood, more activity means more livable. Besides, neighborhoods can help the redevelopment of local society. Social interaction will bring the knowledge of residents, and social structure. Also, this will make residents build up the trust with each other, and make the conversation begin and enhance the social network connection. So it is very important that the new residential neighbourhoods are designed with the point of increasing social connection.
Resident participation in decision-making processes is thought to increase levels of social interaction within communities and thus strengthen social networks. However, the research showed that in both communities resident involvement in the decision-making processes had also created conflict. Design decisions had created some of the biggest conflicts in both communities.

Referece:
Jo Williams (2005) Designing Neighbourhoods for Social Interaction: The Case of Cohousing, Journal of Urban Design, 10:2, 195-227

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