|Common House Theory||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mac Thomson (ganeshrmi.net)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:19:21 -0500|
Our group, San Juan Cohousing, is about to hold its common house programming workshop at which we'll decide what types of activities to build for in our common house. Based on my visits to other cohousing neighborhoods, it seems that there are often parts of common houses that are way underutilized. I've got a theory about what kind of activities are likely to happen in the common house (or any common facility for that matter) and I wanted to bounce it off the people on this list. My theory is that common facilities will be used if they: A. Provide a common RESOURCE that a person doesn't have private access to (e.g., laundry) AND/OR B. Accomodate a GROUP ACTIVITY (e.g., eating dinner together in common dining room). So if a person doesn't need to use a specific common resource for an activity and if the activity isn't a group activity, it won't happen much in a common facility. That's why I think that reading rooms and meditation rooms in common houses don't tend to get used much. Those tend to be private activites that don't require a special common resource. Any thoughts on this theory? Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing, where much to our amazement and delight, we've sold out our last 11 spots in 3 weeks and we now have a waiting list. -- Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing ganesh [at] rmi.net Durango, Colorado Web Site: http://www.sanjuancohousing.com "It takes two to speak the truth -- one to speak and another to hear." - Henry David Thoreau
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