Video: Cohousing or Creating Collective Urban Housing

We held a seminar with speaker Mark Southcombe. As home ownership becomes more unaffordable people are looking for new ways of living. Cohousing or collective urban housing is a new model of shared housing that has sparked growing interest at grass roots level in New Zealand and internationally. Watch the video.

Mark Southcombe.
Creating Collective Urban Housing

Architect Mark Southcombe will discuss some of the issues and opportunities associated with the emerging Collective Urban Housing movement and its establishment in NZ. He will present models and case studies for the establishment and operation of Collective Urban Housing projects and look at recent research on the arguments for and against shared housing models. He will focus on three models of implementation, one of which involves social agency and has very real social sustainability potential.


Mark Southcombe is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) School of Architecture. He is also a design principal of Southcombe Architects, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Mark is a member of the VUW Ecologies Design Lab research cluster where his research is focused on design led research practices, and Collective Urban Housing. He is currently leading the teaching of architecture design, and research methodologies courses, and has for many years supervised master’s research focused on Collective New Zealand Housing.

This seminar was held on Wednesday 18 April at the Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington.

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