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Where do we get agency, and how do we give agency? The ideas presented in this work are meant to be appropriated, iterated, and adopted to living space as civic space. How can we mine the civic from the conditions of familial tenancy that has framed a way of living in the neighborhood of La, in Accra, oriented around collective maintenance, and obligatory care of neighbor, and neighborhood. How does this care shift into the new paradigm of tenant living in La, and in the global discussion of co-living when the scope of civic desire leans towards increased privatization? We have designed conditions, ranging from architectural, spatial, relational, and conceptual, that instigate the interaction of co-living, co-laboring, and collective maintenance, where the familial relationship of living has given way to intimate adjacency with strangers. These conditions, or moments, are structured through the lenses of ownership, maintenance, infrastructure, material, and space. Do you care for something because you own it? Or do you feel ownership over space once you care for something that was never explicitly yours?