|What is cohousing?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rebbry (Rebbryaol.com)|
|Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 15:12:51 -0500|
Oops, the first message got off prematurely: If we look at the origins of cohousing in Denmark, they were social: dual income families trying to figure out how in the hell they were going to care for their children and get dinner on the table at the same time. Because McCamant and Durrett were architects and not sociologists or economists or whatever, their books emphasized the architecture of cohousing, flavoring our view of it for the last decade. So I agree with Scott Cowley that the social aspect is the dominating characteristic, because cohousing is essentially an attempt to reestablish the extended family or village to accomodate the diverse, changing and stressful lives of today's families, seniors and single adults. To me, cohousing is a social model for healthy, safe neighborhoods. The architecture of cohousing is the means of achieving this end but that makes it no less a defining characteristic. Thus (building on both Scott and Allen's descriptors), I would define cohousing as a social model for healthy, safe neighborhoods physically described by clustered housing around a pedestrian court yard or walk way and a common house and other facilities, providing collective services. Additionally, cohousing usually has these additional themes: * participatory decision making (althought the developer model threatens this) * an ecological design component, and * resident management. Rebecca Bryant, Ozark CoHousing
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