Baugruppen - collaborative housing in Germany

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In the latest Beacon Blog, Nick Collins talks about one of the interesting approaches to affordable housing he came across in Germany: baugruppen.

Baugruppen is an approach to developing housing where private owners collaboratively build affordable multifamily projects. It’s not quite the same as co-housing - some include common spaces and facilities (e.g. gardens, community rooms, roof terraces) but these are not necessarily incorporated.  However, like co-housing, baugruppen incorporate a participatory planning process. Multiple families get together and agree the design that suits everyone - these are usually multi-storey, multi-unit buildings (think apartments) rather than detached or semi-detached housing.