Permaculture isn't just about creating good food, it is also about creating a good place to live.

Rising house prices makes access to affordable housing a critical issue in much of the global north, while rapid urbanisation means housing quality is a key issue in the global south. Freedom to choose where to live and who to live with are also important issues. For many people, getting good quality, affordable housing with a garden or land and in a strong community remains a distant dream. This section suggests some solutions that can turn that dream into reality.

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Co-housing arrangements offer independent living in a loose community setting.


Robert Gillman first defined an ecovillage as being a settlement which is:

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Housing co-operatives

A housing co-operative is a group of people who collectively own and manage the place where they live.