A Community of Co-living
A local movie filmed in 1973, “House of 72 Tenants”, portrayed stories of the common people living in overcrowded housing -- this may be the first example of “Co-living” found in early Hong Kong. Here at the Blue House, a post-war historical building constructed in the 1950s, we look at the oral histories and photos of the residents,as well as the old remains of the partitioned rooms, and imagine such close relationships being developed in the neighborhood, passed down as heart-warming stories from generation to generation. Nowadays, the concept of “Co-living” has become an alternative for housing under the backdrop of high housing prices and inadequate public housing. While options of social housing and private co-living units have recently become available, "co-living" is still a notion that has yet to be widely accepted by the general public.
The model of "co-living community" is perhaps a more appropriate option for the current situation in Hong Kong: the idea of "co-living" is not bounded by physical construction, "civicness" and "openness" may develop in the space between public and private. Our exhibition will be sharing stories of the co-living community at the Blue House and the rest of Stone Nullah Lane, exploring the potential for co-living and community in our city, and whether social change is possible within these heartwarming stories.