Creating the right living spaces for your intentional community is a critical part of building a successful, sustainable project. Knowing the right design principles and understanding the different kinds of buildings you will need to create a safe, comfortable environment for your community is essential. From shared community kitchens to shared living spaces to root cellars, this section will help you understand how to create the right physical infrastructure for your intentional community.
The argument for shared community kitchens is important to consider. Shared kitchens give people the chance to work together on meal preparation, and also to socialize and build a sense of community. They also reduce the amount of energy that is used in individual cooking, saving time, money, and food resources. It also allows centralization of composting and other vital forms of recycling which turn waste outputs into new inputs for the community.
Shared living spaces come in many different forms, depending on the type of community you are creating, but they all share some basic principles: creating a comfortable living area for everyone, providing ample workspace and storage for belongings, and creating a sense of community. Creating the right infrastructure for shared living spaces is a delicate balance that takes creativity and negotiation to achieve.