“The Cohousing Movement’s Stockholm”

Lezing / Debat

In 1980, the same year as Dolores Hayden asked for “a new paradigm of the home” in her article “What would a Non-Sexist City be like?” a group of Swedish women proposed a reorganized version of the traditional “collective house” to fit the 1980s society. This lecture discusses the impact this group called BIG (Living in Community) had on local policy in the 1980s. This lecture investigates collective housing as an arena for arranging life forms and distributing labor and economy. The starting point is a model of a reconstructed 1930s building that highlighted alteration of existing housing blocks as a method of production and redistribution of labor through the spatial organization. As a response to the growing “privatization” around 1980 (referring to social privatization rather than economic), they proposed a collective home more extensive than the individual apartment. This “second wave” collective housing had repercussions for the outer urban space and society’s organization at large. The lecturetraces the entangled history of “collective houses” and “services” from the intense discourse of services in the late 1960s as a reaction to the critique of the large-scale suburban areas to the new landscape of a 1980s “service society.” By outlining the emergence of the second wave of collective houses, the lecture will explore the interplay between feminist emancipation and the new economy of the 1980s.

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