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Activity 1

New forms of housing

Group 1: L.I.L.A.C.

“What is co-housing?”, House Planning Help, 2015. Joe Atkinson is one of the co-founders of L.I.L.A.C (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) situated in West Leeds, Yorkshire, UK. Their project took 7 years to bring to life and the first residents moved into the community in May 2013.

Group 2: The Threshold Centre

“Home Truths-Co-housing”, British Gas, 2014. Located in Gillingham, Dorset, UK, the Threshold Centre’s aim is to offer a greener, more affordable, more neighbourly place to live. Every month you can visit the Centre and enjoy afternoon tea with the residents at the same time.

Group 3: The Collective Old Oak

A shared workspace at the Collective Old Oak, London, 2017. The Collective Old Oak is the world’s largest co-living space. It opened in 2016 and houses over 500 people in Willesden, North West London.
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You are in charge of one document.

Workbook p. 24

Read the explanatory text about your document and look at the picture. What do you expect to see in the video?

Watch the video and be ready to present it in a few sentences.

What are the advantages of this project? Why?
What could its disadvantages be?

Useful vocabulary: It gives the main features of a project called...
The good points of this project are...
For me, it is annoying not to have...
I would not appreciate the fact that...
... is an advantage whereas... is a disadvantage.

Let's talk this out!


Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other projects.

What are the common points and the differences between them?

What makes these projects innovative? Why?

Where would you prefer to live? Why?

Useful vocabulary: I’d prefer to live... I’d rather live...
I couldn’t bear living... I couldn’t stand living...
On the one hand... On the other hand...


  • advantage / asset / benefit ≠ disadvantage / downside / drawback (n.)
  • developer /dɪˈvεləpə/ (n.)
  • development /dɪˈvεləpmənt/(n.)
  • private space ≠ shared / communal space (n.)
  • develop /dɪˈvεləp/ / create and build (v.)

From French to English


La traduction de « tout »

  • Pour exprimer une globalité : all + nom
    Ex : All the car park is on the edge of the site.

  • Pour exprimer une répétition (chaque) : every / each + nom
    Ex : Every week the residents eat together in the dining room.
    Every est toujours suivi d’un nom au singulier.

  • La totalité (n.) : the whole + nom, entire + nom

  • Intégralement (adv.) : entirely, completely, fully

  • Très : quite, very

  • Tout en : as + proposition, while + proposition

  • Exercices p. 70

    Let's learn!

    Mind map it!

    Prepare a mind map to recap what you have learnt about co-housing. You can use the following categories but you can also add your own.

    private spaces
    shared spaces

    Over to you!

    The pros and cons of co-housing

    Let’s use what you have learnt in

    You are the parliamentary assistant of a local MP (Member of Parliament). He or she has asked for a short report about the pros and cons of co-housing to help him or her make an important decision about a project for your area.

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