Small is Necessary
Shared Living on a Shared Planet
Using successful examples from a range of countries, Anitra Nelson shows how 'eco-collaborative housing' - resident-driven low impact living with shared facilities and activities - can address the great social, economic and sustainability challenges that householders and capitalist societies face today. Sharing living spaces and facilities results in householders having more amenities and opportunities for neighbourly interaction.
Small is Necessary places contemporary models of 'alternative' housing and living at centre stage arguing that they are outward-looking, culturally rich, with low ecological footprints and offer governance techniques for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Anitra Nelson is Honorary Principal Fellow at Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia and co-author of Exploring Degrowth (Pluto, 2020), co-editor of Life Without Money (Pluto, 2011) and author of Marx's Concept of Money (Routledge, 1999).
1. Less is More: Living Closely on a Finite Planet
Part I: Compact Urban Housing
2. Once We Were Small: Traditional and Contemporary Homes
3. Apartment Living in Cities
4. Apartment Household Practices and Affordability
Part II: Eco-Cohousing and Ecovillages
5. From Sharing a House to Eco-cohousing
6. Ecovillages: Sustainability and System Change
Part III: Futures: Scaling Up, Shared Landscapes, Shared Livelihoods
7. ‘Will You Dance With Us?’ Governments and Collaborative Housing
8. ‘To Market, To Market’: Eco-collaborative Housing for Sale
9. Grassroots Sustainability, Sociality and Governance
10. Small is Necessary and, with Sharing, Feasible
Appendix: Key Sources and Links
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745334233
eBook ISBN: 9781786802125
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