"Search for "urban village" online and many of the entries that come up will refer to an urban planning concept of residences clustered near shops and offices. In the U.S. in particular, it's a fairly new idea that focuses on neighborhood design. But an urban village is traditionally much more than a physical space. It's a network of relationships; a community of interrelated people. Similarly, a true urban village isn't just a real estate grid and the marketplace exchanges that occur there. Among those who focus on sharing and the commons, it's a term that refers to a collaborative way of life — a relatively small, place-based urban community where people cooperate to meet one another’s many needs, be they residential, economic, governmental, or social. In the process, they wind up transforming their own experience of that community."

Why 'urban villages' are on the rise around the world — by Amanda Abrams