Re: determinants of success - not just cohousing
From: Steve Faber (
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 10:50:05 -0800 (PST)
I think in an urban cohousing community the kitchens on the "active side" might mean something different if you are trying to be a little village in a bigger village of a neighborhood. One of the issues we had with our Michigan, medium density design, was the compromise of kitchen orientation and getting light into the units. If your kitchen is on the south side of your home. Typically, much of your wall space is taken up by cabinets and you can't put in the larger windows to maximize passive solar.


On Feb 24, 2006, at 1:39 PM, Chris ScottHanson wrote:


My view is the green sustainable community must include, but not be limited to the following:

It must be very pedestrian oriented. People first, cars a distant second. Segregate cars and parking from the middle of the community.

Common facilities that allow for and encourage community interaction. In cohousing it is called the common house. It must allow for sharing meals on some sort of regular basis. Having mail here is a big help. Having a common hearth here, or the only hearth here can also be a big help.

All private kitchens and the "active side" of the private dwelling units on the entry (community) side, toward the pedestrian walkway. This allows for "eyes on the street" (pedestrian street, of course) and "ownership" of that street. Safety and a sense of belonging result.

Ownership, commitment and sense of belonging that comes from participation in as many decisions as make sense. At a minimum this should include the programming and design of the common facilities. This requires careful, effective and respectful management of prospective owners prior to project completion. It also requires the artful management of buy in and commitment.

Chris ScottHanson
Author - The Cohousing Handbook

On Feb 22, 2006, at 7:38 AM, Rodney Wilts wrote:

Dear Cohousers,
I am working on an innovative development project where the developer is interested in creating an environmentally friendly, and community friendly development. To this end we are looking at what elements make for a successful community. We're looking at both the hardware (built environment - e.g. front porches) and software (recreation programs, how to create community cohesion etc). We are hoping to draw on the expertise of the intentional communities movement and implement things that have worked. I would appreciate any feedback as to what has made your community successful (or unsucessful).
Rodney Wilts

One Planet Living

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