Collaborative living? In Sardinia it is discovered with a game

by time news – What is meant by “collaborative living“? In Sardinia a parlor game to explain it, indeed to live it through a playful experience in which in the end we all win together. “It is called Homu and it is the first example in Italy of this type of dissemination: it is a simple and engaging way to make known a reality about which little is known and even less talked about” “, explains to Francesca Setzu, president of Re.Coh aps, association of social promotion of Cagliari made up of 35-year-old engineers and architects specialized in restoration.

Many do not know that this housing choice is a way to make private and shared spaces coexist in the same building: in a condominium, for example, you can share multifunctional common rooms or coworking spaces.

Meetings can turn into neighborhood aperitifs or you can go to a cinema hall together, create spaces for children, such as shared kindergartens and managed in turn by resident parents or open playrooms dedicated to children, ateliers, shops and workshops for do-it-yourself and cultivate shared gardens outside.

How to play

Homu was designed by the game designer Alessia Luca and designed by the illustrator Marina Brunetti, both of whom moved from Tuscany to Sardinia. The game box includes 6 locations, 6 housing types, 15 families, 30 shared spaces and services, 4 industry professionals, 5 events, 10 years of time.

During the game, the player must involve his ‘neighbors’, that is the other players, in an exciting game with the aim of creating a collaborative housing project. The more spaces and services are created, the more points they will earn, to finally find out what kind of collaborative resident their profile corresponds to.

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A sustainable choice

Collaborative living aims at reconcile the need for sociality with economic choices sustainable. “The ideal is that these realities also combine the recovery of the existing building and architectural heritage”, Setzu underlines. “Collaborative living, for example, aims to contrast the abandonment of historic centers in favor of new buildings on the outskirts of cities. It is a question of using and redesigning the existing “.

The examples of northern Europe

Collaborative living is a possibility widely experimented in northern Europe starting from Denmark, a school country, where he was born in the 60s and then Holland and Germany. In Italy it is still a niche choice with Milan as the epicenter of the major projects born from the co-financing of private foundations and public institutions.

“There are also some examples in Sardinia”, Setzu points out, “but these are isolated cases. This is why Homu helps us to make this reality known ”. The game was born as a declination of a workshop experience always organized by Re.Coh aps in collaboration with other realities in the area and called

“This activity that we have used many times has been useful and appreciated but it had the limit of requiring our presence to be able to carry it out”, says Setzu. So we thought of the board game that can be used independently, a more usable tool “.

“By playing, you can discover a reality that adheres to your needs”, adds the president of Re.Coh aps. “Homu is for everyone, simple and engaging: there are no opposing teams but it is a cooperative game in which you have to get to the goal all together, as in the philosophy of collaborative living “.

To help Homu’s production, a crowdfunding collection has been launched on, which will end on November 30th.


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