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Together by Design William Richards

Together by Design

The Art and Architecture of Communal Living

William Richards

Details: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9 IN
Pages: 160
Publication Date: 07/26/2022
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781648960277


With a growing population comes a growing need for innovative, sustainable housing. Together by Design explores the architectural and social benefits of communal living and shared spaces.

Whether it's families in a multigenerational home, millennials sharing rent, or older singles seeking companionship, cohousing and other types of intentional communities offer economic, social, and environmental advantages for all demographics. Collective housing alternatives originated in Denmark in the 1960s and gained popularity in the United States in the 1990s, laying the groundwork for today's inventive shared living alternatives.

Featuring photography, renderings, and site and floor plans, this survey of more than fifteen contemporary projects explores communal living through architecture, public policy, design, lifestyle, culture, and environmental sustainability.


"[P]art architecture book, part sociology text and 100% homage....Richards [makes] a persuasive case that communal living and cohousing can offer solutions to a raft of social ills, among them housing scarcity, loneliness and wasted resources.

– Shelf Awareness

William Richards, a writer and architectural historian based in Washington, DC, has contributed to Architect, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, and Old House Journal.