|Re: Creating creative, non-traditional cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hank Obermayer (hobermayerigc.apc.org)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 17:05:29 -0500|
>Laura Weathered said re the Chicago Artists' Community: > >>The good news is that we structured a strong community before we tackled >>the bricks and mortar, consensus works and we won't take no for an answer. >>Can members of the cohousing list offer advice, or effective strategies >>going against traditional thinking of who constitutes a community? >>Comments? > >I wasn't exactly sure what you were asking about "traditional thinking." > >If you mean that you're creating a community exclusively of artists, not >a "normal" cross-section of folks who show up in cohousing groups, then >here are some thoughts: Laura was talking about non-traditional thinking about community. This does not make me think of cohousing. When I think about cohousing (& the intentional communities movement in general) community usually means a residential group. An even more standard use of the word community refers to a neighborhood, or a subcultural group, including many people who don't know each other at all. But there are also other kinds of communities and intentional communities, that are not residential or geograhic based. Religious congregations are on eof the best examples I can think of, but I also know of other kinds of non-residential intentional communities, as well as hybrid communities. When I was in college I lived in a student cooperative house. 19 of us lived in a victorian mansion and cooked our food together, took care of the house, etc. That was one level of community. Then there were a few people who were part of our food system. They ate at our house and shared responsibilities for cooking, shopping, etc. with the people who lived in the house. Then there were friends of people in the house who spent a lot of time at our house, or were just connected to a bunch of people in the house. They were part of a larger community based at our house. Then there were all the past residents of the house, who we also considered part of our community, to varying extents depending on how long it had been since they had lived in the house, and how much they visited. I'm part of a community that lives together for a few days every year while camping and making art/performance. We see each other regularly in the urban region we live in, but the base of our sense of community is these camping trips. There are many political community organizing projects all over the country that are trying to build community specifically to create social change. A general term I have heard is "Communities of Consciousness." This means communities that come together as a community by choice - like cohousing and intentional communities, as well as other things. Churches are borderline. I think creating a residential intentional community (like cohousing) can be a wonderful tool for creating another level of community. The cohousing development becomes the "community center" for some larger community, whether it is based on geography or on shared interests. There are also a bunch of artist live/work cooperative projects around the country. Some of them started as something more cohousing-like. Project Artaud, in San Francisco, for example, started in the early 70's and had a community kitchen, gathering areas, and shared studios of various kinds. By now things are much more private, and there hasn't been a community kitchen for years - all the units are privately owned/controlled (as units in a coop) except for a large theater, which is still run separately. Laura, you may want to talk to people who were involved in forming some of these, or know the histories. I also know of an old one in Emeryville (Bay Area), and Boston. I'm sure there are many others. Anyway, I hope this is helpful. -Hank Hank Obermayer If you plan for one year, plant a field of rice. hobermayer [at] igc.apc.org If you plan for ten years, plant a tree. Commonnest: If you plan for 100 years, teach the people. The San Francisco - Chinese proverb Coopereative Housing Network (415) 974-4384
Re: Creating creative, non-traditional cohousing Michael Mariner, April 14 1997
- Re: Creating creative, non-traditional cohousing Hank Obermayer, April 16 1997
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