|Models of cohousing -stretching the boundaries of the book definition||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 11:44:41 -0500|
In America there seem to be three models of Cohousing : the new capital project model - often referred to as the Danish model, the lot development model and the retro-fit model. The new capital project model is new contruction, planned all at once, and built as one massive capital project. Examples of this include Muir Commons, Winslow, Nyland. The lot development model is new contruction, the land is divided into lots which owners design and build their own homes over a longer period of time. Examples of this include Sharingwood, Rosewind. The Retro-fit model takes an existing structure or neighborhood and makes changes to it, small or large, either all at once or over time. Examples of this include Doyle Street and N St. and Monteray. Some groups have a mixture of models, for example Monteray has both a retro-fit element and a capital project model in the same community. It seems to me that retro-fit has a greatest potential to stretch the definitions of what cohousing is. From my perspective, this is good thing, as it offers many choices for many situations. One interesting idea I heard about the other day was a retro fit project where a large house was remodelled around a central kitchen and dining/lounge, with bedrooms and bathrooms and sitting rooms radiating off the central core, each of the 5 roomlets was separated from the central "commonroom" by a door. What was interesting was that the residents planning this were going to share ownership as a condo, with the condo defined as a roomlet and one fifth of the commonspaces! Now, this particular idea seemed to my perspective to be a unique, but replicable form of small scale cohousing. They used a participatory design process, have private ownership of "units" , share ownership of commons, make decisions democratically, share meals in the "commonroom", etc. It seemed to meet any definition of cohousing I could think up. So, just my perspective, that large, capital project model cohousing not be the only definition we use for cohousing. Rob Sharingwood
Models of cohousing -stretching the boundaries of the book definition Rob Sandelin (Exchange), April 25 1996
- Re: Models of cohousing -stretching the boundaries of the book definition Bruce Koller, April 30 1996
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