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clippings from “Perspectives on Co-Living: Reimagining the Experiences, Processes and Designs of Shared Living”

Purpose-based communities: values-driven communities that put a strong emphasis on having shared values around contributing a positive social impact to their neighborhoods and beyond.

Private entrepreneurs: individuals who buy or rent a property and subsequently operate a co-living initiative in the space, doing so themselves and/or with a small team of community managers and an operational / marketing staff. These individuals are in charge of onboarding, operations, marketing and making sure rent, taxes and charges are paid to the property owner. These spaces are usually created with shared values/interests in mind and with a focus on sharing resources and experiences with a vibrant community of like-minded individuals. Some examples include:

Sharing economy innovators: startups that have grown to develop co-living spaces after their initial businesses have gained momentum and have received sufficient investing. (WeLive and HubHaus)

Hospitality operators: large hospitality companies are creating hybrid hotel/hostel/co-living brands with communal living elements in their spaces, some even creating separate brands geared towards flexible and location independent lifestyles. These brands resemble the co-living housing model in terms of the morphology of space, interior design, the services they offer and the flexible duration of the stays. This also allows these hotel operators to reduce maintenance costs (i.e. less cleaning services), have less turnover and reach higher rates of occupancy. lyf (Ascott China, Singapore), MOB Hotel of the People (Paris) and Zoku (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Real estate developers: real estate property developers realize the potential for these spaces to become a significant model in the housing market. Some examples include BNP Paribas Immobilier (Paris, France), Capital Land (South East Asia) and Property Markets Group (Chicago).

“If co-living becomes more inclusive of different demographics and socio-economic backgrounds, then people will be able to live with each other despite of their differences. They might even be able to better understand each other, and respect their differences. In an age where we are becoming more and more siloed thanks to the social media bubbles we have created for ourselves, we are losing our connection to people from different walks of life, and we are losing our empathy for other perspectives. If inclusionary co-living becomes the new normal it will not only have a positive impact within a local neighborhood, it will have a positive impact for mankind as a whole.”


Xavier Cazard and Valérie Decroix, PUREHOUSE LAB’s Communications Research Forum Coordinators;

Ana Paula Emidio, PUREHOUSE LAB’s Policy Research Forum Coordinator;

Guillaume de Jenlis, PUREHOUSE LAB’s Services & Tools Research Forum Coordinator;

George Green, PUREHOUSE LAB’s Space Research Forum Coordinator;

Fabrice Simondi PUREHOUSE LAB’s Co-founder, President and Business Research Forum Coordinator;

Ryan Fix, PUREHOUSE LAB’s Co-founder and Community Research Forum Coordinator.

Irene Pereyra, Co-founder of Anton & Irene;

Simon Caspersen and Jamiee Williams, Director of Communications and Project Lead of Space10;

Al Jeffery, Founder of Base Commons;

Francis Aguillard, Rice University Architectural Researcher and Urbanist

Sponsors: EntrecomBFS Investissement & AccorHotels

Matthew Lesniak