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Lois Kapila, in the Dublin Inquirer, reports:

The biggest difference between the mammoth shared-living blocks being put forward by developers such as Bartra, and cohousing models, boils down, in a sense, to who gets listened to.

Shared living is mainly speculative, said Padraig Flynn, of Self-Organised Architecture (SOA), on Friday, in a meeting room at the Fumbally Exchange in Blackpitts.

“People who live there have no agency or input of the design or the long-term management of the building,” Flynn says.

Cohousing is the opposite: it’s resident-led, from design to management.

“It gives people an opportunity to decide where they cut costs, what’s important to them, and what they don’t actually need,” he says.

“They’re two completely different concepts. But the wording is almost identical so it becomes very confusing for people,” said Flynn.

The CoHousing Here! event [in Dublin] in mid-June, organised by Flynn and others at SOA, should help get that message out – and further open up debates around future affordable housing in the city.

READ IN FULL: An Upcoming Conference Offers Cohousing – Not Coliving – as an Affordable Housing Solution (Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer)

Previously: Co-Living Dangerously

Journalist and co-founder of the Dublin Inquirer Lois Kapila


It was announced that journalist and co-founder of the Dublin Inquirer Lois Kapila has been longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Journalism – following the entry of three articles by Ms Kapila (see links below).

Ms Kapila has been longlisted with: Peter Apps, Inside Housing; Steve Bloomfield, Prospect; Oliver Bullough, The Guardian; The Observer; Jason Cowley, The New Statesman; Granta; Emily Dugan, BuzzFeed News UK; Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian; Robert Guest, The Economist;  James Kirkup, The Spectator; Maeve McCleneghan, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism; Suzanne Moore, The Guardian; Peter Oborne, The Daily Mail; Sean O’Neil, The Times; andKim Sengupta, The Independent.

A shortlist will be revealed later in the month, with the winner announced at the Orwell Prize Ceremony, Tuesday, June 25 at University College London.

In fairness.

An Advocate for Tenants Clocks Up Hundreds of Cases at the RTB (Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer)

Why an Affordable Housing Scheme Promised Two Years Ago Was Shelved (Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer)

At one address, two families faced smashed windows and threats (Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer)

The Orwell Prizes 2019: Longlists announced (The Orwell Foundation)