An alternative for whom? The evolution and socio-economy of Danish cohousing

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Cohousing has caught the attention of activists, academics and decision-makers, and Danish experiences with cohousing as bofællesskaber are routinely highlighted as pioneering and successful. This article presents a mainly quantitative analysis of the development of Danish intergenerational cohousing and investigates socio-economic characteristics of residents in these communities. First, the article demonstrates how the development of Danish cohousing has been undergirded by distinct shifts in dominant tenure forms. Second, it shows that inhabitants in contemporary Danish cohousing are socio-economically distinct. This does not diminish the value of cohousing, but it problematises assumptions about the social sustainability of this housing form.


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  • Human Geography


  • cohousing, tenure forms, socio-economy, Denmark
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalUrban Research & Practice
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018 Apr 22
Publication categoryResearch

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