Does small mean less? Not necessarily. In an era of housing crises, environmental unsustainability and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. The answer? Shared living - from joint households to land-sharing, cohousing and ecovillages.
Using successful examples from a range of countries, Anitra Nelson shows how 'eco-collaborative housing' - resident-driven low impact living with shared facilities and activities - can address the great social, economic and sustainability challenges that householders and capitalist societies face today. Sharing living spaces and facilities results in householders having more amenities and opportunities for neighbourly interaction.
Small is Necessary places contemporary models of 'alternative' housing and living at centre stage arguing that they are outward-looking, culturally rich, with low ecological footprints and offer governance techniques for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Anitra Nelson is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT University (Australia). She is the author of Marx's Concept of Money: The God of Commodities (Routledge, 1999) and editor of Life Without Money (Pluto, 2011).
Lists of Figures, Tables and Boxes Abbreviations Glossary Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Less is More: Living Closely on a Finite Planet Part I. Compact Urban Housing 2. Once we Were Small: Traditional and Contemporary Homes 3. Apartment Living in Cities 4. Apartment Household Practices and Affordability Part II. Eco-Cohousing and Ecovillages 5. From Sharing a House to Eco-cohousing 6. Ecovillages: Sustainability and System Change Part III. Futures: Scaling up, Shared Landscapes, Shared Livelihoods 7. `Will you dance with us?' Governments and Collaborative Housing 8. `To market, to market': Eco-collaborative Housing for Sale 9. Grassroots Sustainability: Governance and Sociality Conclusion 10. Small is Necessary and, with Sharing, Feasible Notes Index