Our vision is a new paradigm for housing and living in Ireland. It is a solution which meets people’s needs for an affordable home in a supportive community while respecting environmental limits. The motivations for delivering this project are plentiful. Healthy communities provide for their members and we aim to create a community which is resilient, affordable, and environmentally sensitive; a community that is run by our members and embraces diversity and difference; a community which allows for equal participation and provides opportunities for engagement, celebration and fun whilst at the same time respecting the need for individual privacy and space.
Who We Are
By working and socialising together, we are actively building an integrated community; experiencing it before living it.
LILAC Leeds, UK
MUTUAL HOME OWNERSHIP SOCIETY
An essential component of LILAC Leeds’ success was their pioneering of the Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) model. MHOS is an original and innovative new form of tenure. It is a significant departure from the current housing finance model as far as it provides permanently affordable housing and a strong community not subject to the vagaries of market speculation.
Without community, there is no liberation.
Communal living is something of a catch-all term referring to any group of people with similar values who live together in a community. It covers several approaches to housing including cohousing, co-living and communes. Although these approaches are different, they are a form of living at odds with the current models currently in vogue in many parts of the world.
PROVIDES AFFORDABLE HOUSING
PROVIDES ONE SOLUTION FOR AGEING POPULATION
STRENGTHENS DEMOCRACY PLUS NEIGHBOURHOODS
SUPPORTS AND TRIALS NEW HOUSING INNOVATIONS
Our vision of low impact living is informing all aspects of our project’s design. What we design, how we design it and the ways in which we can initiate behaioural change are part of our systemic, participatory design approach to reduce our environmental impact and increase well-being. We are starting with the successful template of LILAC Leeds, which was built as a carbon negative development and is dedicated to creating a culture of enquiry, support and learning. Our low-impact design approach, which supports a shared low-impact lifestyle, is described under the following headings.
COMMON GROUND CO-HOUSING BLOG