Determining a future for cohousing within the republic of Ireland
This thesis will examine the concept of cohousing in the Republic of Ireland and how the model fits within the cultural and legal context. Cohousing is a resident-led neighbourhood development model that clusters private dwelling units around collectively owned and managed spaces (Boyer & Leland, 2018). Having first arisen as a concept in Northern Europe in the 1960s it has seen renewed interest amidst housing crises and sustainability issues across Europe. In the context of the Republic of Ireland cohousing is in an awkward infancy with a small and sporadic number of projects scattered throughout the country. This difference exists in spite of significant similarities shared between Ireland and countries in which cohousing has seen far greater success. There are a number of reasons for the contrast in the concept’s success; these include local culture, planning culture and the legal and economic landscape in which the schemes exist. This thesis will examine these three aspects in the context of the Republic of Ireland. In the process of examining these local characteristics this thesis will obtain a better understanding of what creates a suitable environment for such a model. Exploring the reasons and concepts behind its success and how they came to be.
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