|Re: Private use of Common Space||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 10:08:58 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi- I think it is a misconception to think of the commonhouse rooms as an extension of your personal space, with the only difference being the need to check scheduling. Common space is not individual space, and it is not general public space open to a heterogeneous community, like a public library community room. It is a kind of public space managed by the small, more or less homogenous community you live in. Looked at that way, of course you need to have more or less formalized schedules and common agreements on how to share the space. My biggest disagreement with the viewpoint that common space is an extension of individual space is that leads quite a few people (in my experience, mostly those inclined to introversion) to guard common space from "strangers" the same way they protect their private space. And, to me, the commonhouse is a place for not only the residents of the cohousing community to come together, but a place where managed interactions (including parties, workshops, music, meetings) with the greater public community can happen -- early and often. There are so few spaces in American life where this sort of secular community meeting can happen anymore outside of a commercial setting. To my mind, the idea of actively used commonhouse space is one of cohousing's great gifts to the world. mu two cents- Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing Silver Spring, MD "Where we just got Friday night commonmeals started. Still hoping for a stove."
- Re: Private use of Common Space, (continued)
- Re: Private use of Common Space OCC611ng, September 15 2005
- Re: Private use of Common Space Evdavwes, September 16 2005
- Re: Private use of Common Space Dahako, September 18 2005
RE: Private use of Common Space Fred H Olson, September 20 2005
- RE: RE: Private use of Common Space Rob Sandelin, September 20 2005
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