Coliving: an emerging term without a common definition
Abstract: The population of Earth is increasing vastly fast which has a great impact on all the large cities around the world. The society of today is facing new problems each day and the housing sector is one of them, due to the unbalanced situation of demand and supply. During the same time, the term of sharing economy has established its ground in people’s lives as they have realized the benefits of using instead of possessing when it comes to products and services. Sweden is one of all the markets with both this increasing housing problem and increasing trend of sharing economy. The old, but today rising housing form of shared accommodation has been identified by some entrepreneurs as a possible solution for this unbalanced situation. However, sharing accommodation, or rather coliving is an emerging term that has spread widely through the world’s housing market the last years and can be seen in many different configurations depending on its location and purpose. This study aims to establish an understanding of what coliving is in terms of different key aspects in today’s society in order to formulate a conceptual definition of the emerging term. This has been done by an inductive approach of a qualitative method based on an interview study and previous literature. The empirical findings indicate that coliving relates to five key dimensions, eight key themes and one key sub theme. These aspects need to be related and taken into account during the development process of a coliving project. The identified aspects and the formulated conceptual definition bridge the academic gap as they build up the foundation of what coliving is in today’s society. Hence, contributes with valuable information for the topics of sustainability, ethics and urban development.
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