|Re: Hiring an Architect||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Berrins (Berrinsaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 07:51:01 -0700 (MST)|
In a message dated 10/31/02 12:29:59 PM, robert [at] arjet.net writes: << I was wondering if any cohousers out there who was involved in hiring an architect could share what you've learned. Are there suggestions you would make for how to go about the process? Pitfalls to avoid? What about hiring an architect from within the group? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks, Robert Arjet Central Austin Cohousing http://www.austincohousing.org >> Obviously, anyone with direct experience with cohousing is better than none. Both of our architects were living in cohousing (and still do) and, IMHO, did a great job. On the other hand, the site planner, who is one of the busiest landscape architect groups in town, did a nice job with the basic layout but weren't aware of some key design elements when laying out the site (e.g., kids play structure, placement of utility boxes and fire plugs, allowance for future outbuildings and potential recreational sites, like a pool). They were probably designing your basic condo development, with a few cohousing design concepts they read in a book and/or someone told them about. What makes cohousing completely different is the paradigm shift in how people in the community make use of the common areas. In a traditional 20th century setting, everyone has their own "english manor" and interaction between households isn't even an afterthought. In cohousing, interaction is what it's all about. Cohousing site design should not only encourage interaction but embrace it and be able to envision all the details. Hiring a site designer with experience in cohousing is easily as important as the architect's experience. After experience, consider how well your architect (and site planner) work with groups. It's easy to get swayed by beautiful pictures and an authorative presence. Experience with small house design is also essential. Remember that your common house may provide some areas that you don't need to duplicate in your house (guest rooms, large party space, laundry facilities, work shops, etc.) but also remember that common houses sometimes don't get built right away and, even after they are built, it might take years before all the spaces you plan in it are built out. That's a lot of priority juggling. Your architect will need to be able to process all the different individual priorities and come up with a design that works for your group. That's about all I can think of for now. Good luck! Roger Pathways Cohousing Northampton, MA _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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