What is Urban Coup?

The Urban Coup is an initiative of a group of Melbournians who share a vision of creating not just housing, but community. We are a cohesive community that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive of all individuals. We currently have two cohousing projects in development, driven by slightly different needs and the extensive shared knowledge of our membership.

Urban Coup also presents a range of opportunities for engaging and sharing with diverse local communities via supportive activities. This may lead to partnership, social enterprise or simply manifest kinship within our local hood via volunteer activities. Examples include: a food cooperative; local garden and food exchange; skill exchange workshops; upcycling activities and support for diverse local causes. We actively encourage the development of cohousing communities in Australia.

We have about 50 members so far, but are always looking for more, as these members are divided between the two current projects. We also hope to be able to incorporate some social housing into the mix of accommodation, however this will depend on opportunities.

Our projects

Near and Tall 1

Near and Tall 1 is a high-density apartment development close to the CBD and has been fully sold to Urban Coup members. This project will commence building early 2020 and we expect to move in late 2021.

Far and Wide

Far and wide is a lower density garden-set development in the middle to outer suburbs. The project is in an earlier stage and is seeking participants to further develop the plan.

Near and Tall 2

We are keen to see Near and Tall 2 get underway and are looking for new members to drive a new project.

What will Urban Coup developments consist of?

  • Shared community open space – designed to encourage community interaction, a veggie patch and the occasional BBQ.
  • Community owned facilities – we will all own the common facilities, just like any owners’ corporation, except they will be managed by us – the residents.
  • Privately owned dwellings – each dwelling will have its own private balcony or courtyard, its own kitchen and dining area, and can be bought and sold on the open market like a conventional house or apartment.

Interested in joining?

The Coup is currently looking for new members. If you are interested in joining, please read the Introduction to Urban Coup. If you have any questions, feel free to call us.