Alone Together

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 isolation. As Failed Architecture writes, when this shift is coupled with new developments that are devoid of shared space, the potential forĀ 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?

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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