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Small Is Necessary


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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
1. Less is More: Living Closely on a Finite Planet
Part I: Compact Urban Housing
2. Once We Were Small: Traditional and Contemporary Homes
3. Apartment Living in Cities
4. Apartment Household Practices and Affordability
Part II: Eco-Cohousing and Ecovillages
5. From Sharing a House to Eco-cohousing
6. Ecovillages: Sustainability and System Change
Part III: Futures: Scaling Up, Shared Landscapes, Shared Livelihoods
7. 'Will You Dance With Us?' Governments and Collaborative Housing
8. 'To Market, To Market': Eco-collaborative Housing for Sale
9. Grassroots Sustainability, Sociality and Governance
10. Small is Necessary and, with Sharing, Feasible
Appendix: Key Sources and Links

About the Author

Anitra Nelson is Associate Professor in the Centre for Urban Research School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Australia. She is the author of Marx's Concept of Money: The God of Commodities (Routledge, 1999), and she co-edited Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (Pluto, 2011), Housing for Degrowth (Routledge, 2018) and is the author of Small is Necessary (Pluto, 2018).


'With great insight, Anitra Nelson shows how collaborative housing is emerging across the world to re-ignite the 'Small is Beautiful' spirit of E.F. Schumacher. This is a wonderful guide featuring inspiring examples for those who want to use shared eco-housing to tackle the challenges ahead' -- Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds, and co-founder of the Lilac cohousing co-operative
'This is a timely report and a critical and informed exploration of an important and growing housing sector in which ideas of equity, sharing, and ecological responsibility are essential parts of real, successful communities' -- Paul Downton - Ecopolis urbanist and cofounder of Christie Walk cohousing (Adelaide, Australia)

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