|Aging in Place, cohousing definitions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: mark a demaio (mdemaiojuno.com)|
|Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 17:25:37 -0600|
At Concord Oasis Ecohousing(CA), the downstairs portion of of our new building will house our first true common areas and a guest/ elder suite. The downstairs will be handicap friendly, although possibly not in strict compliance w/ ADA requirements. We have sized for 36-38 RO doors, low thresholds, plenty of turning room in the bath with bars at the tub, etc. One of the major criteria of environmental design is that buildings need to be flexibly constructed so that minimal demolition needs to occur as the use, user, or users needs change, allowing structures and facilities to grow and change over time. Due to the fact that we had a tough time in our area developing a committed core group, we were encouraged by a group facilitator a few years back to take a "build it and they will come" approach to expansion along an N-Street organic infill development model. That is exactly what we are doing with our mini-Ecohousing Seed Source. So although I read the list, I tend to spend more time hammering nails than keyboards. Our project is becoming quite a beatiful, flexible canvas for a group or individuals to paint the picture of their lives in community onto. This might be called the committed small owner builder/ project proponent development model of planting a mini-cohousing seed source within an existing neighborhood- quite similar to what Sandra and Brian are trying to do in San Mateo, and I'm sure numerous others elsewhere. Not any easy road, but another way to get to the end of building community in America. Maybe cohousing is more about intention of where we want go rather than strict definition. If cohousing is strictly defined, then maybe a lot of us are building intentionally community, and marketing it under the precepts of cohousing because it sounds less marxist/60's ish than intentional community and more palatable to mainstream America I have been following some of the discussion on the definition of cohousing, and often hear people say things about different projects, with some making judgements on what is and what is not cohousing. As we develop more projects/ the blur between cohousing being a subset of intentional community comes under question. Is cohousing cohousing after all the initial designer/ occupants pass on to the great cohousing complex in the sky? Certainly the second generation would need to at least minimally remodel a facility for it to be cohousing. This brings us back to the point I'd like to make that for cohousing to be ecohousing, the residents should design thier facilities not only for themselves, but for future occupants that may not be at the initial design table, and build flexible structures/communities that can be modified so that all can have a hand in customizing to fit thier needs for the intended lifecycle of the project. And that includes our elders, and we as future elderly. In Sustainable Community, Mark DeMaio, Concord Oasis Ecohousing Where we are building a straw bale multi- household/ common house to compliment our existing 2 buildings. site tours with hands on green building opportunities are being held on weekends See our website at http://members.tripod.com/~Oasis_Ecohousing (being updated soon) p.s. Our project has been drawing good press lately! see Contra Costa Times 1/21/98 home trends section- article about county cohousing efforts coming out soon also. >>I'm posting this inquiry on behalf of some of our East Lake Commons >>members. Many of us are concerned about people being able to stay in >our >>community as they age or become ill. ....Of course it would also be >helpful >>to know what other "young" (or still-in-the-womb) cohousing groups >might be >>planning or thinking about this for the future. >> ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com/getjuno.html or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]
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