Spatial and social considerations

The necessary spaces, places, and activity opportunities:


We’ve identified the types of physical spaces needed as we start to develop inHabitLA’s living environment.

personal: even though we’re a community, you do need your own space.
private: your individual dwelling. keep your doors and windows open all you like, but it’s yours.
semi-private: your porch, yard, etc; bridge the gaps of how we interact
public: facilities for the community; meeting house, laundry, common kitchen, etc; what brings us together.
open/social: flexible, outdoor spaces for group activies; picnic tables, bbq, etc.
open/ unprogrammed: from a field to a yard, unbuilt space for you enjoy.
utility: storage, parking, equipment rooms -from the outset we’re being mindful of deliniating the kinds of spaces that’ll facilitate successful living.


Spaces within a living environment need to catalyze certain activities, perform certain tasks, and enable the inhabitant to do so, too. Within the understandbly wide range of potential personal and social actions, we’re investigating how the above 9 behaviors may be incorporated in the different spatial situations and how their relationships and priorities change dependending on living-density.



Above diagrams the varying levels and types of space required by different units and household sizes. This and future explorations are the steps we’re taking to reveal what kinds of spacing, placing, and square-footage allocations will optimize our cohousing community.



This is the beginning of an exploration of how inHabitLA’s design may consider what we need, how we act, and how the spaces we live in can foster positive experience. By examining where and how those spaces and activities overlap, we’re uncovering great, efficient living.