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The influence of changes in the physical and technical design on social interactions in a cohousing community Jantine Bouma University Twente, Hanze University.

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1 The influence of changes in the physical and technical design on social interactions in a cohousing community Jantine Bouma University Twente, Hanze University groningen Liek Voorbij Technical University Delft Wim poelman University Twente

2 Cohousing Communities Living independently Staying socially active

3 Social Contact Design Shared pathways Proximity Bufferzones Surveillance Common facilities

4 An example of bufferzones between private and general space

5 Bouma & Voorbij, 2009

6 Social capital Fukuyama,1999

7 New technologies

8 Change in script..

9 Goal To presents the relation between changes in technical and physical characteristics and social interactions in a cohousing community

10 Method & materials Literature on cohousing 12 community members interviewed (semi structured) 5 communities: community A has 26 apartments and started 15 years ago; community B has 24 apartments and started 12 years ago; community C has 49 apartments and started 5 years ago; community D has 21 apartments and started 22 years ago; community E has 65 apartments and started 8 years ago.

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15 Discussion and conclusion Changes influence social interactions in expected and unexpected. Considering social contact design principles might be useful. Two types: Direct changes, related to the script of use. Indirect changes, related to the change itself Evaluate social interactions in the way they contribute to the social capital of dwellers.

16 Thank you


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