Re: Re:Aesthetics and lot development
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 13:48:02 -0600 (MDT)
Hi Lynn,

Your community sounds lovely to me!

PS If you care to divulge the information, what are you cooking? (Couldn't
resist when I saw it was Lebanese)...

>>Metaphorically, this approach to cluster design is akin to the sound of my
>>modem connecting to its server rather than the music playing in the
>>background.  It's America's national parks before Roosevelt, it's corporate
>>governance under George Bush,
>>..... it's laissez faire approach crossing aesthetic boundaries.
>Dear Hans, 

>I'm a little unclear about your references. If you're assuming that 
>aesthetically RoseWind is akin to Bush governance, that seems rather 
>extreme. If you've seen our "intentional neighborhood" and it has struck 
>you as akin to modem beeping, well that's a matter of taste. But I 
>suspect you haven't been here. When I look out my window I see fields of 
>waving poppies in all directions, fascinating houses of many 
>descriptions, winding pedestrian paths, and the outward evidence of a  
>diversity of style which I find enriches our community. 

>It doesn't even pretend to be "an approach to cluster design". It's not 
>cluster design, and that's ok with us; in fact, it's what we preferred, 
>and with 9 acres of pasture land for an original site, it was no problem 
>to do mostly 5000 sq ft home sites, and still have four and a half acres 
>of commons, with room for playing fields, community deer-fenced vegetable
> gardens, potato and rhubarb and squash beds outside the deer fence, a 
>small young orchard, a children's play area, some interesting sculptural 
>stuff, garden and equipment sheds, wild rose thickets, and more. 

>Beautifully matching "villages" are wonderful, and some cohousings do in 
>fact use that as a unifying factor. But Sharingwood and RoseWind and 
>other places with a variety of housing make community "music" in their 
>own way.  

>And for some groups, without the capital to do a project all at once, lot
> development is a very useful alternate route: for us it's the only way 
>our project could have happened, and it turned out great!

>Off to cook a Lebanese dinner for a common-house crowd!
>Best, Lynn Nadeau RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA

jnpalme [at] (Racheli Gai)

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