Grace Kim: How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer)
Grace H. Kim is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing -- the art and craft of creating communities. Full bio
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will experience loneliness
a function of being alone,
of how socially connected you are
in this room right now
can be attributed to many things,
how loneliness can be the result
in a neighborhood like this.
screaming at me inside their head,
and that's my neighborhood,
more people like you,
there's more people in the room
to signify they know them.
to this false sense of connection.
you've been in a situation
yank out their earbuds
to share with you today
have been living in this connected way.
more widely around the globe
where people know each other
both indoors and out.
some pictures of cohousing,
to my friends Sheila and Spencer.
they were just entering their 60s,
at the end of a long career
children in his life
that I not only designed,
about our social interactions.
any other small apartment building.
to the one next door,
around a central courtyard.
in and around that central courtyard.
this is what I see,
as we're making our breakfasts.
into the courtyard,
"Hey, quit hitting me!"
there are a set of double doors,
the secret sauce of cohousing.
where the social interactions
through the rest of the community.
we have a large dining room
we have a large kitchen
cooking for each other
and help my team
a delicious meal
about my vegetarian preferences.
have intentionally chosen
in our single-family homes,
our social connections.
from any other housing model.
but show you more pictures.
selection of furniture,
to support eating together;
and visual access
and inside the common house;
to support our daily lives,
contribute to and elevate
of saying "spirit of community."
over 80 different communities,
every single night
once or twice a month.
more activities together.
you share more things.
You borrow each other's cars.
and unicorns in cohousing,
with every single person in my community.
we're intentional about our relationships.
to resolve our differences.
is only interesting or attractive
around the globe,
are just a fractional percent.
completed a study
increase risk of premature death
has declared isolation
is not restricted to the US alone.
is an antidote to isolation,
to take two aspirin,
that you take a walk with your neighbor,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERGrace Kim - Architect
Grace H. Kim is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing -- the art and craft of creating communities.
Why you should listen
Grace H. Kim is an architect and co-founding principal of Schemata Workshop, an award-winning, 16-person architectural practice with a keen focus on building community and social equity. She brings innovative ideas to her projects that merge client goals and sustainability measures -- such as urban agriculture, modular construction, and a focus on building community.
Kim is also the founder of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, a collaborative residential community that includes her street-level office and a rooftop urban farm. She walks the talk of sustainability -- leaving a small ecological footprint while incorporating holistic ideals of social and economic resilience into her daily life.
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