This fashion is not reserved for older people, some communities of young people have opted for this new way of life and collaborative consumption.
Who has not ever said that they would like to live close to friends? Today there are many people over 65, both men and women, who live alone or with a partner, are in good health and lead a fairly active life, even though they can enjoy many activities after working for many years. A new life of well-deserved harmony and peace opens up before them. In recent years, as we say, in Spain and the United States, among other countries, a new system of collaborative houses known as Co-housing has emerged.
In these individual homes, common services, social and recreational activities, dining rooms are shared and, fundamentally, they enjoy life with friends or with their partners. This arises as a consequence of the growth in life expectancy and, in addition, due to the high rate of elderly people living alone.
It is a modality of what has been called collaborative economy that reinvents traditional ways of sharing, collaborating, exchanging, lending, renting and giving away that already existed. It manages to redefine and amplify them thanks to new technologies, the use of Internet digital platforms, information and communication technologies and the communities that they can generate. The use of social networks is key to its flourishing.
In collaborative lifestyles, people with common interests come together to share or exchange material or less tangible goods: time, spaces, skills, etc. Collaborative lifestyles are the most social and environmental way of understanding collaborative consumption, less linked to business motivations and more to those of defense of the environment and quality of life.
This trend is also seen in younger people. A clear example is found in the United States, outside Austin, Texas, where four couples who were friends for 20 years built their houses facing the Llano River to live nearby and share moments together.
The houses were designed by the architect Mateo García, who sought to make them sustainable. Corrugated steel was placed on the exteriors that allows to reflect sunlight, and in this way, keep the interior cool in summer, and special insulating windows. They also have sloping roofs with barrels to contain up to 20,000 liters of rainwater, something essential in the area that is characterized by being very arid. The interiors, meanwhile, are made of plywood, a finish is not very expensive and provides greater warmth and well-being.
Each house has an area of 37 square meters and has a hall; a bathroom; an area for rest made up of a double bed, a sofa and a desk with a library; and an integrated kitchen. Its price is around 35,000 Euros.
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