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Living Alone, Together

Across most of the western world, more people are living alone in cities than ever before. In New York City, one third of residents live alone, up from 5% nationally in 1920, while in Stockholm 58% of the city lives solo. This shift provides independence and freedom for many, but also increases the risk of...

By TH!NK by IBI

Date

May 16, 2016

Across most of the western world, more people are living alone in cities than ever before. In New York City, one third of residents live alone, up from 5% nationally in 1920, while in Stockholm 58% of the city lives solo. This shift provides independence and freedom for many, but also increases the risk of isolation. As Failed Architecture writes, when this shift is coupled with new developments that are devoid of shared space, the potential for social isolation,spatial segregation, and the overall atomization of society is exacerbated. Have we learned from past building mistakes or in the age of individualism, are we amplifying them?

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