|RE: Programming the commonhouse||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Paul Conahan (pconahanumich.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 15:33:50 -0600|
Here are my two-cents regarding Rob Sandelin's message on programming the common house: Rob's summary is the method our group used to program both our site plan and common house, and in my opinion, is an incredible way for cohousers to go through the design process. It is truly satisfying to come up with ethereal goals, and wind up with a physical site/building plan that satisfies all of the groups wishes. The point of this message is this: Although the programming sounds pretty straight forward, I would HIGHLY recommend that your group use a trained facilitator who has experience with programming sites/common houses. The reason for this is that programming can be one of the most emotionally charged group experiences you will go through since the goals of the group smack head-on into the personal agendas of each household. Granted, if your group truly believes in, and truly practices, consensus, such conflict may be ok. If not, your group could really spin its wheels for a long time. People who have programmed for other groups will know where the hot spots are likely to be, and can defuse them before they get out of hand. Also, an experienced programmer can also save TONS of time by nixing bad ideas (based on clear explanations based on experience) or offering ideas gleaned from first hand knowledge of other common houses. Our group used Chuck Durrett and Katy McCamant from Berkeley, and I am sure there are other people out there who are experienced common house programmers. We spent a long week-end with Katy programming our site, and then another long week-end programming our common house (and we had a usable site plan and floor plan within a few weeks after each workshop). Nearly everyone in our group agreed that the process would have taken weeks longer had we done it ourselves, and we still would have missed things. Chuck & Katy are also architects (as well as the authors of the Cohousing book), which really helped our process and final design. Since the layout of the site and design of the common house are integral to fostering community, I again strongly encourage groups to use experienced programmers so that your group can learn from and improve on other common houses (that your facillitator has programmed or has visited), and avoid expensive mistakes. Lastly, if possible, try to visit as many other common houses as you can, as a group. This was not a viable option for our group since cohousing is still scarce in the Mid-West. Thanks for listening, Paul Conahan Ann Arbor Cohousing Community Closing on our land on November 6; BIG party on the 7th! -- http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pconahan/
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