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Casa Malta: A Case Study of a Contemporary Co-Housing Project in Helsinki

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This case study analyzes the social goals of different types of co-housing groups and their organizational structures. Experience shows that such groups can be divided into three main categories both in Finland and internationally: groups aiming at building together; those planning to share everyday life; and a third category of groups that serves a common ideal. In connection with this, the case study presents the case of Casa Malta in Helsinki. Casa Malta is an ongoing co-housing project of the second category: individuals and families involved in the project aim at sharing everyday life and chores. It is an owner-based, privately funded block of flats for approximately sixty families and is the largest and most ambitious co-housing project in Finland in at least the last 40 years. The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that it is based on the will and cohesion of the group. This case study studies the methods of cohesion building, decision-making and management of such an autonomous group of people combining their assets and resources in a largescale joint effort.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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