The Roundhouse Co-op

A possible alternative to the nuclear family, communal family, and “free association” formats

In another account of communal living, William Walker describes a scenario called the roundhouse co-op, in which small groups of people share space, property, child-rearing and even sexual partners on a rotating basis. As with many other valid organizational structures for a commune, the roundhouse format comes with its own issues and constraints, and maintaining an optimal size group can be a delicate task.

Originally published in issue 13.