|Urban cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dave Hurst (hurstvistatech.com)|
|Date: Tue, 22 Feb 94 11:37:24 CST|
I've been lurking on this list for several months now. I have an interest in the ideas behind cohousing, but I'm concerned by what appears to be a trend among the cohousing projects described on this list. It seems that many of the cohousing projects I've seen described involve going out into ``undeveloped'' land in some suburban area and building new structures. Now I can understand the desire to build structures custom designed to your requirements, but it seems to me that this approach cuts out a lot of potential people. I for one have no desire to live in the suburbs, cohousing or not. I love the city and all that it offers. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with taking over existing structures in the city and converting them for cohousing. My thinking has been along the lines of rehab'ing an entire apartment block. It would already have built in living space. No problems with privacy/territoriality because each living unit would be separate, but there would still be plenty of common space shared by all. With the right kind of building, it'd already have commercial space on the ground floor which could be converted to be used for office/work areas, common living spaces, school rooms, library/information center, etc. If the members of the project were into it, there might even be a storefront where various goods/art items/etc made by them could be sold (or bartered or whatever). If you could take over a couple buildings, or one large enough, there could also be a open space in the middle common to all the buildings which could be converted over to gardens and greenspace, sort of like the atrium of a Roman villa. The roof could hold solar collectors and wind mills for generating power and heating water. I'm curious if anyone knows of any projects like this. --DaveH internet: hurst [at] vistatech.com "Be excellent to each other!"
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