Our vision is to create a network of regenerative multi-generational cohousing communities across the UK
Re:live is a smart village model designed for individuals, couples and families who aspire to live with greater community, wellbeing and connection to nature.
In order to build a village that enables a regenerative lifestyle, we believe there are three core pillars;
Multi-generational Cohousing - 30-50 dwellings with shared amenities and outdoor spaces. Balance of townhouses, bungalows and apartments to provide affordable rental housing that is suitable for individuals, couples and families at all stages of life. Key outdoor amenities include a central courtyard, rooftop activation and a modular stage pavilion. Key indoor amenities include communal kitchen, postroom, multi-purpose dining / working / event space, laundry room, cycle store, centralised heating and energy system, workshop and recycling refuse store.
Regenerative Farming - a neighbouring farm that embraces an organic and permaculture approach to agriculture; with a diverse mix of farm animals, a lake / water reservoir, agroforestry, orchards, allotments, composting systems, greenhouses and perhaps even some hydroponic or aquaponic systems. Not only does this farm help to feed the village, but it also provides plenty of opportunities for the community to learn about and participate in a healthier and more sustainable food system.
Educational Center - a place for local visitors, workshops, events, mini-festivals, artist residencies, short-stay residents (eco-tourism) and educational programmes. How far can we stretch a campsite licence and temporarily / mobile structures and tiny houses? Could we bypass the lengthy planning process and set up a seasonal education center (geodome) with a sculpture park, onsite accommodation (tinyhouse cabins on trailers) and a makerspace / workshop (barn conversion)? Allocating land where we can create a temporary village and visitor center that focuses on education and supporting art projects would bring a wealth of creativity, culture and impact to the overall village.
At the core of re:live is the aspiration to deliver a modern rural lifestyle that minimise the use of a car.
We want to challenge the conventional model of building executive homes with private roads, walled gardens and oversized garages. Instead, we want to build regenerative cooperatively owned villages that provide residents with a common house (for cooking, dining, coworking and community events), an electric car sharing club with a communal car parking area, a co-created playground, shared edible gardens and a wild regenerative landscape on your doorstep. We will also compliment these amenities with a self-management and governance platform that will enable the members of the community to make their own democratic decisions on how to best manage the communal spaces and services.
For higher density cohousing developments we would also explore the possibility of providing a community run nursery, a pop-up market, an onsite gym and wellness studio, a grocery store and a community pub and restaurant. These amenities could also be accessible to people outside of the community.
Our vision is to provide a living experience that blends the creativity, technology and service quality that you get when living in the city with the community spirit and wild nature that you can only get in a rural setting.
For each re:live development we will aim to deliver net biodiversity gains through the ecological restoration of nearby farmland as well as net zero or even carbon positive impacts.
We are in partnership talks with a farmer and land owner in Essex (less than an hour from House of Transformation), who is undertaking an ecological transformation of his land. If you would like to become a founding member of our re:live cohousing community please email email@example.com.