|RE: re:the politics of co-housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 18 Mar 94 11:44 CST|
Pablo Halpern Wrote: >There are companies cropping up for the purpose of developing cohousing. >I think many of these companies are on the right track. The key, as I >see it, is that any group working with these companies must truly form a >community in the process. As more groups move through the process, some of members of those groups have spun off what they learned and formed consulting companies, which you can hire to get their expertise. I would categorize these sorts of companies as experiential based. Some others have seen the "trend" and read the cohousing book and then try to apply their previous development experience to the cohousing model. I would categorize these sorts as inferential based. I would suspect, although I really don't know for sure, that an experiential based consultant would have more value in community building, than an inferential based one. Our experience at Sharingwood certainly bears out that thesis. We interviewed about a dozen architects for our commonhouse and got a huge number of inquires because cohousing is "hot right now" in the architectural world. This is not bad, but the buyer needs to sort through what real community experience a potential consultant has. In our interview process we found a large number of architects who were really very experienced in designing commercial and residential kitchens for efficiency, but clearly didn't understand the sociability factor of community. In our scale of priority having a kitchen which works well as a social place is as important as a kitchen which is efficient. As time goes on and more cohousing projects are built out and lived in long enough I really would like to see some energy going into collecting what we learn in some form so that those that follow us can learn from our experiences and mistakes. The Cohousing Resource Guide is one format for this, perhaps this mailing list or some other on-line media data source could also serve in this regard.
- re:the politics of co-housing, (continued)
- re:the politics of co-housing andre (a.n.) vellino, March 15 1994
- RE: the politics of co-housing Rob Sandelin, March 15 1994
- Re: the politics of co-housing Lynne Farnum, March 16 1994
- re:the politics of co-housing Pablo Halpern, March 18 1994
- RE: re:the politics of co-housing Rob Sandelin, March 18 1994
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