|retrofit cohousing vs co-nbhd [ was: Re: mythological cohousing..||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 08:21:17 -0600 (MDT)|
On Sun, 15 Aug 1999, paul kilduff wrote: > > > >5. Retrofit vs. new development. > > Same here, except in our case it's coneighborhood vs. new > development/retrofit (the difference is between buying one house at at time, > with possible rentals, and a comprehensive project, whether rehabbing > existing building(s) or building from the ground up). We only have two > members left, and even we can't agree on that basic issue. Paul's clarification seemed to me to need clarification... I've been promoting the term "retrofit cohousing" for several years. I think Kevin Wolf of N Street Cohousing was the first person I heard use the term. See: http://freenet.msp.mn.us/housing/cohousing/retrofit RETROFIT COHOUSING I use it to mean retrofiting the social relations between people who live in close proximity in existing housing. To form a cohousing community. "Close proximity" typically means adjacent / contiguous properties or potentially so (by an interveneing property joining). While it may involve some changes, renovations, additions to the physical facilities, these are likely to be incremental and most structures are used basically unchanged. NEIGHBORNETS ( CO-NEIGHBORHOODS ) The way I understand Steve Habib Rose's use of the term 'neighbornets' (formerly "co-neighborhoods") is that the latter are made up of households spread over a larger geographic area - blocks or even miles apart. Thus there are likely to vehicles and "trips" involved for interaction to occur. Also there is even less chance of casual interaction than with retrofit cohousing. Note that occasionally the term "retrofit cohousing" has been used (incorrectly in my opinion) to refer to a "comprehensive project" to rebuild a structure to make a cohousing community. While in general "rebuild" and "retrofit" can be interpreted similarly, I would hope that the compound term "retrofit cohousing" could be reserved for and widely understood to me something like I've described above. This is a hazard of reusing and coining terms. Fred -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] cohousing.org Minneapolis,MN 55411 (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of: Cohousing-L See http://www.cohousing.org and Nbhd-tc -- Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. See http://freenet.msp.mn.us
retrofit cohousing vs co-nbhd [ was: Re: mythological cohousing.. Fred H. Olson, August 16 1999
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