L’habitat participatif, density and retrofit in French cohousing
What lessons can we learn from French cohousing as we look toward the future? In France, cohousing is often more-dense and urban than is typical in the United States. Retrofitting old buildings and giving them new life via cohousing is also common practice. This is partly due to its particular history, culture, and construction context, but also anticipates global trends of increasingly dense populations and desire for a smaller footprint.
Mathilde is an architectural designer at Studio Co+hab. Her background in cohousing design includes working at McCamant and Durrett Architects, who introduced the concept of Cohousing in America. She also helped develop Habitat & Partage, a cooperative that aims to facilitate the emergence of Cohousing projects in France. Between France and the USA, she has visited and contributed to many communities exploring the relationship between design and the social structure of communities. She is experienced in designing workshops and giving public presentations inspired by her diverse experience.