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Silesian University of Technology

Subject: Architecture , Civil Engineering , Engineering, Environmental


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VOLUME 9 , ISSUE 4 (December 2016) > List of articles


Agnieszka LABUS

Keywords : Ageing lens, Cross-cutting, Development process, Feminisation of ageing, Gender lens, History of cohousing, Senior cohousing

Citation Information : Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment. Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 21-31, DOI:

License : (BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Received Date : 21-April-2016 / Accepted: 22-November-2016 / Published Online: 27-August-2018



This paper concerns the issues of senior cohousing with a particular emphasis on the residents’ gender. Senior cohousing is an alternative way of living for older people in the 21th century. It is referred to as a community or cooperative, which is created by people aged 50+, who have already retired and those professionally active, who, for various reasons, want to live with people with similar views and co-decide about what their living environment looks like. Literature review shows the slight scope of the conducted studies on senior cohousing, in particular with regard to gender. The research methodology in this paper is based on the literature analysis, review of the current literature and own experiences from the participation in a workshops about cohousing, as well as experiences from the study visits in cohousing groups in the US and UK. The author of this paper has used the historical-interpretative method in the conducted studies, what resulted in the identification of the gender and age “lens” over the years in senior cohousing. This knowledge can be used in the future as the base to carry out the empirical research on concrete examples of the cohousing building.

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