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Talks and lectures

Co-housing: An eco-feminist model for architecture?

For the sixth talk in our Architecture Anew series, we will look at the ways in which climate justice intersects with feminism through a focus on collective co-housing models.

  • today 28 September 2021, 5pm to 6:30pm
  • place Online
  • call
  • receipt Early bird: £3, RIBA Members: £4, General: £6

Join us for the sixth talk in our Architecture Anew talk series, a season of RIBA + VitrA talks, bringing people together to discuss new ideas about the role of architecture in designing a more sustainable future.

What is eco-feminism and how could it relate to architecture? This conversation will use this question as a starting point to further explore co-housing as a possible model for eco-feminist practice in architecture, addressing the role architects can play in creating low impact and gender-equal homes.

The decisions we make about how to live, clean, and eat at home can have significant impacts on our individual carbon footprints. Can living communally further lower our environmental impact whilst additionally subverting traditional gender roles through the sharing of domestic labour and care?

Join us for this multi-disciplinary conversation between a panel of architects, developers, and academics to discuss the eco-feminist opportunities that communal living models offer.

Following the conversation, there will be time for questions from the audience. This lecture will be digitally streamed and available globally. The weblink to join the event will be shared with all ticket holders in the lead up to the event.


Sherilyn MacGregor is an academic based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester and an Editor of Environmental Politics.

Lidewij Tummers-Mueller is a leading international expert on co-housing and low impact building, having written widely on these topics alongside gendered perspectives in spatial planning and architecture.

Meredith Bowles is the Director of Mole Architects, who in 2018 completed the award-winning Marmalade Lane co-housing scheme in Cambridge.

Frances Wright is a resident at Marmalade Lane, home of Cambridge Co-housing Community, and now works as Head of Community Partnering with the enabling developer TOWN.

Architecture Anew is a RIBA + VitrA Partnership

This partnership reflects a shared commitment to add social, economic and cultural value to society, and VitrA Bathrooms are proud to be supporting such an inspiring programme.

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