“Community living has always been praiseworthy & Millennials are reviving the tradition”
History revealed that humans were a primitive race living in large camps together with family and depending on one another for food, baby-sitting and everything else. The concept of community living came from there and comparing it with households today, number of family members is fewer especially in developed countries. Take an example of American households where total number of family members is hardly four to five as of 2010!
Still, Millennials of the present age, though can be counted easily on fingertips prefer adapting the similar co-living style and there’re many advantages to it. Without compromising over privacy, the usual household chores such as cooking, doing the dishes, laundry and much more are shared, taking less time to complete them. Utility bills are also bearable as the total amount is usually divided among family.
While defining the benefits, it’s important comparing the style with living solo. Many elderly, young professionals, stay-at-home parents as well as single occupants spent hours alone. Single parents; on the contrary pay a heavy fee for childcare and usually live a frenzied life with all the work and home responsibilities.
Living arrangements has changed over the course of years, yet again giving rise to community living. Even as global economy moves away from the typical agricultural labour encouraging large households, the need of friends, family and neighbours support is always there. This is perhaps the reason most people nowadays have adapted co-living, realising that things actually proceed on track. As we speak, even American households now prefer a large family over single dominant structure.
Life was all communal around tens of thousands years ago as early humans (the campers) were relieved of the many responsibilities we’re burdened with; even with all the high-end technology. Mark Dyble; a postdoctoral researcher from the University College London compared that lifestyle to the recent and concluded,
“Our lives are open to other people and there’s no way we can isolate ourselves completely”
Members of early family back then range anywhere between five and 18 forming up the entire “household”. When relatives stick together, we see family support critical towards survival.
The famous historian; John Gillis in his book published in 1997 by the name, “A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual and Quest for Family Values” defined about people living in medieval Europe were accustomed with co-living. During that time, single family households were uncommon around the world and it was in 12th century when Western Europe became the first place to welcome small families and married couples.
During the mid-1500s, the concept of household as a father, mother and biological children became the norm of urban middle class. In 1800s, the concept of distinct family and friends raged, leading to the concept of privacy and isolated living but with time as the world modernise and became heavily dependent on technology, Millennials and their immediate family revived the trend of community living.
To own a home has always been a man’s dream and for large families, friends and relatives living together nowadays, distribution is just like as that of medieval Europe. Ownership of a home pass from one member to another which further strengthens the family bond and concept of co-living!
Banke’s business bay apartments for sale department told us that now developers realise the important of cohousing facilities. A typical community setting may comprise apartments of 20 small units or bungalows with shared boundaries in a gated area.
The first distinct community setup was introduced some 30 years back in the U.S which now accelerated and spread across the world.
Some of the finest examples can be seen in the UAE especially Dubai where cohousing projects are on the rage.