|Introduction - Design to enhance community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fremantle LETS (FreoLETScleo.murdoch.edu.au)|
|Date: Sat, 7 Sep 1996 20:56:20 -0500|
Hello, I am a new subsciber and eager to get feedback about designing to enhance community. Because of a bureaucratic stuff-up we need to modify our current design. This has brought up some concerns and differences of opinion. I have browsed the archives but haven't yet found this thread, although I notice that it may be addressed in an article by Rob Sandelin in Communities, Summer '96, No.91. The issue is the layout of the houses - 11 on 1 acre. See site plan below. Tight, huh? To maximise solar gain in winter and for everyone to have a private north facing courtyard we have a design with a row of attached buildings (3 x 2 storey houses and the 2 storey common house with its wide gallery joining the two common spaces) across the middle of the site. Houses 1,2 & 3 are attached, were 2 storey but now will be 1 storey. (Bureaucracy!) Houses 4 & 8 are 2 storey. Equity houses (9,10,11) are 2 storey; 9 & 11 are significantly larger and have north facing balconies. Parking is peripheral with the exception of Hse 1 which is designed for a maximum care disabled member. Some people are O.K. with the 'figure of eight' crossing via the common house. Others feel that it creates a barrier between the equity and non-equity portions, with the equity people not able to see into the 'main' common space. To open up the middle means 2 things: non-equity people sacrifice solar design and/or have to go to 2 1/2 stories. Another viewpoint is that the owners of 9 & 11 have renegged on providing common space so that they can have bigger houses. And I wonder, is the tribal style of an open circle any more valid for social interaction than than other village designs? We all agree that the common house should be centrally located. And we are all committed to an elegant and equitable solution. A lengthy first query - my apologies - but cohousing/community people have nothing else to do with their time, do they? CHEESE Thanks for your time and any suggestions, Warmest regards, Robyn Williams. BACKGROUND I am a founding member of Pinakarri Community Inc. in Perth, Western Australia. We are celebrating our fifth anniversary. We are an Equity/Non-equity urban housing co-op and intentional community guided by the cohousing model. The non-equity portion is 100% funded by the Commonwealth Govt. for eligible (low income) people. The member-tenants will pay rent proportionate to their income while participating in the management of the housing. The equity portion is on adjacent land on a separate title. Despite the obstructive actions of the state public housing body which administers the non-equity funding and with the support of our architect we are inching our way through the design process. | | | | S /-----------|-------------|-|-----------------| t NORTH / House House House | r / / three four five | H o u s e 9 | e : / Com.hse | e / / House <----------> House | t / two House ten | / six | / House House House H o u s e 10 | / one eight seven | | / | /-----------------------------------------|-----------------| s t r e e t
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