Living in shared rooms is on the rise, because it's more affordable – and more profitable for landlords. But it's also a more precarious, often overcrowded and poorly regulated form of housing.
While share houses are more a matter of financial necessity than choice, many older Australians are discovering it has unexpected social benefits for them.
People living with the change and uncertainty of this century need flexible and adaptable housing. Here we look at a couple of examples of what's possible.
As the number of older people is expected to double by 2050 in most countries, architects are exploring how existing housing stocks could be turned into affordable shared retirement homes.