Co-Work / Co-Live / Co-Parent
As a working parent in the city finding a balance between work, life and parenting can prove hectic.
My proposal is therefore to investigate how you can design a space which can allow adults to CO-WORK/ CO-LIVE AND CO-PARENT.
The design should allow adults to be able to set up and work with the peace of mind that their child is safe in their environment and that they can check up on them at any given time. I propose to investigate how I can reinstate the old-fashioned idea that children can roam away from their family dwelling during play- doing this safely through an enclosed courtyard which is constantly perceived through passive surveillance. This should encourage curiosity and the idea that children learn through independent play.
In order to bring a new perspective into the co-working spaces I will investigate how I can create an intentional community formed of families and people living alone. This combats the issue of the loneliness associated with single person households and creates an additional ‘village of people’ from which the children – and parents – can learn from and bounce ideas off of. This could be done through intergenerational living and utilising the single units so grandparents can live near their families. Combining intergenerational living with co working spaces creates the idea of building and sharing a wealth of knowledge and skills to pass on to future generations and between family units
As a whole the development should allow for the growth of intentional communities with a reliance on trust and shared responsibility to allow for a healthy balance between life, work and domestic labour.