Matthew Stewart, researcher and designer at the University’s School of Digital Media and Communications, was quoted in an article by The Guardian about co-living.


Discussing the notion of co-living as more developments appear across London, Matthew Stewart argued that co-living accommodations led by developers lack the social intent of collective living.

He referenced the work of Karel Teige as an example of successful community-based living, who proposed the restructuring of living space around the community and collective domestic labour during the interwar housing shortage.

Referring to The Collective, a new co-living development in North West London, Matthew said: “The Collective makes similar claims about solving the housing crisis but it doesn’t stand up. Teige was talking about a mixture of different ages, generations, classes – it wasn’t targeted at a specific group.

“It was more about democratising housing, rather than just having these enclaves of millennials who are being charged lots of money.”

Read the full article on The Guardian’s website.

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