Central Kitchen Buildings, which are often referenced in literature on coliving, do not appear to belong to the history of coliving to me. As residents themselves did not do any of the cooking, it appears to me to be a proto-deliveroo. A Central Kitchen enabled by technology is what a Deliveroo dark kitchen is today.
I wonder whether you can define coliving in terms of what daily practices are externalised. But a line must be drawn somewhere. And externalised to what or where? Even if we go off grid and throw away our alarm clock, we would 'externalise' knowing what time to wake up to the sun. We live interconnected lives... so then is it about profit and ownership?
Maybe it's about values. It's interesting that central kichens failed in part because of intangiable values as well as economic reality.
When co-living is argued for in terms of economy of means, it often is a disguise for externalising costs or monetising daily practices. Co-living in this sense serves to perpetuate a certain kind of individual lifestyle (eg: externalising this practice will enable you to continue living the lifestyle you desire) and is the opposite of being in solidarity with one another.
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