|Re: Normative definitions of cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 13:09:25 -0600|
Diane Cano Ganas Staten Island, New York DHCano [at] aol.com is the author of the message below but due to a problem it was posted by the Fred the list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I live in an intentional community which is not cohousing, but I subscribe to this list because I find that IC's of all kinds share common concerns and interests. As I have said before, I believe that cohousing IC's contribute positive visibility, a "high end" that helps make community living more acceptable in the main stream, and a level of disposable income that allows cohousers to try out and showcase elements that other IC's may not be able to afford. It is members' commitment to community-building that simultaneously differentiates cohousing from any well-designed condo complex, and identifies it with other IC's. Peace, Diane Cano Ganas Staten Island, New York In a message dated 99-02-27 12:08:49 EST, floriferous [at] email.msn.com writes: >To me, a key part of Cohousing is: The intent is to enhance community amoung >people who are neighbors and to create relationships amoung themselves that >are supportive and mutually satisfying. > >It is not about architecture, although some architects argue vehemently with >me about this. Yes, architecture can enhance the relationship building,and a >good site design will support the social efforts and intentions of the >residents, but it does not create the intent to do so, and the intent is, >in my opinion, the first key to defining cohousing. Then, other elements can >be used to contrast it to other kinds of community endeavors, for example, >private home ownership,personal privacy, independent incomes, commonhouse >and other shared resources, community meals, resident designed, democratic >process, etc
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