We recently published an in-depth feature about the rise of urban villages around the world. "An urban village is not just a physical space, it's a network of relationships; a community of interrelated people," Amanda Abrams wrote in the piece. "Similarly, a true urban village isn't just a real estate grid and the marketplace exchanges that occur there. Among those who focus on sharing and the commons, it's a term that refers to a collaborative way of life — a relatively small, place-based urban community where people cooperate to meet one another's many needs, be they residential, economic, governmental, or social. In the process, they wind up transforming their own experience of that community. And these kinds of urban villages are on the rise around the globe." From Seoul, South Korea, to London, England, we're seeing communities come together to meet their own needs by cultivating community gardens, sharing meals, supporting local businesses, running repair cafes and other workshops, and collaborating on neighborhood upliftment projects.
Now we want to hear from you, our readers! Have you participated in any kind of communal living, be it through an urban village, senior village, cohousing project, tiny houses, or other hybrid communities? If so, please take a few minutes to fill out the Google form below. We'll share your stories with other readers to provide inspiration on creating or joining communal housing initiatives.