Coliving Housing: Emerging Meanings and Cultures of Home for the Creative Class

Miss Tegan Bergan1, Professor Andrew Gorman-Murray1, Doctor Emma Power1

1Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia


Coliving is an emerging housing typology developed in response to the perceived housing requirements of the creative class. We examine how the proliferation of coliving signifies shifting meanings and cultures of home. We draw upon a content analysis of twenty websites of coliving organisations websites located in New York City and San Francisco, United States of America. Uncovering that meanings of home are associated with coliving spaces’ ability to enable economic participation. Home becomes a technology for this economy – a site of active production of creative economy capital. Coliving challenges notions of the ideal home being private, a reprieve from work or long-term and secure. Changes to the meanings of home are supported by emerging cultures of home. Cultures of home are domestic services or practices. Coliving organisations offer cultures of home that facilitate mobility, provide business amenity services and encourage the creation of social networks. In responding to creative economies conditions of precarity and hypermobility, home for this cohort must be: mobile, a place to work and a social hub. This discussion contributes to understandings of how housing is a conduit for participation in economic and social worlds that concomitantly influences meanings and cultures of home.


Tegan Bergan is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. Tegan’s research is exploring an emerging housing typology – coliving. Coliving is a housing market response to the increasing precarity and hypermobility of knowledge economy workers, particularly those working in creative and tech-based industries. Her research positions housing as more than an afterthought of economies. Housing and economies are not spatially bounded, separate wholes: rather they are inexorably linked sites that enable and condition the other.

Tegan Bergan

B. Social Sciences (Hons I)

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