|press release for new Coho Netwk||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Marci Malinowycz (SoDanceclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 11:12:56 -0500|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kay Abrahams (303) 554-1799 FIRST UMBRELLA COHOUSING ORGANIZATION FORMED AT NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE IN SEATTLE SEATTLE, WA; September 21, 1997 -- Members of the cohousing movement announced today that consensus has been reached for the formation of a North American organization to be called The Cohousing Network. Among the stated purposes of the new organization is: "...to support individuals and groups who seek to create cohousing neighborhoods..." and to serve as "...a tool to communicate the philosophy of cohousing, and facilitate access to information and resources about cohousing." The announcement was made at the third North American Cohousing Conference held Sept. 19-21, 1997, at the University of Washington in Seattle. The new group will be the result of a merger between the non-profit Rocky Mountain CoHousing Association (RMCA) based in Colorado, and several North American cohousing activities, including CoHousing: The Journal of the CoHousing Network, a quarterly publication that supplies news from eight regional editors in the U.S. and Canada. Existing activities that will take place under the new non-profit central organization will include: a website (www.cohousing.org), a subscriber-only e-mail list serve (cohousing-l), and upcoming cohousing conferences. Future projects being discussed by the transition planning team include a centralized telephone number, a North American speakers bureau, a central repository for resources and information, and a designated media contact. Cohousing, a housing concept of resident-created neighborhoods that is widely used in Europe, was first brought to the U.S. in 1988 with the publication of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, a husband and wife architectural design team based in Berkeley, CA. Muir Commons, the first U.S. cohousing community, was built in Davis, CA, in 1990. Today, there are 28 completed communities, 46 under construction, and over 150 groups in varying stages of the development process. Cohousing is increasingly becoming a mainstream housing option and is receiving more and more attention from development professionals and the national press. # # #
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