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Small is Necessary

Small is Necessary

Shared Living on a Shared Planet

Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 18:30

Readings, Carlton (AUS), Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053, Australia

A special launch event at Readings Carlton

Amidst crisis and fragmentation, the need for sociable, practical and sustainable housing is manifest.

Does small mean less? Not necessarily. In an era of housing crises, environmental unsustainability and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. The answer? Shared living — from joint households to sharing land, cohousing and ecovillages. 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.

Eco-polis urbanist Paul Downton, who co-founded the urban cohousing project Christie Walk in Adelaide, will launch Small is Necessary. Anitra will talk briefly about writing the book, which benefitted from a Carson Writing Fellowship (2016–2017) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU in Munich. Professor Jago Dodson, director of the Center for Urban Research, RMIT University, will be the MC.

Event, wine and author’s signature all free on the night.

Paperback A$42.95 — also available in hardcover and as an eBook

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