|Re: Policy Library||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: lcamundsen (lcamundsenshaw.ca)|
|Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 14:53:19 -0700 (PDT)|
Good idea! The architects would still be needed to adapt and advise. It might make everybody's job easier and in some cases more affordable compared to starting from scratch. I think we need not worry that professionals will be excluded from their essential function in designing and building our communities.Not all plans are transferrable.
Camilla Amundsen Quayside Cohousing, North Vancouver BC----- Original Message ----- From: "Judith Bush" <jbush [at] together.net>
To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 1:42 PM Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Policy Library
It is nice to feel the excitement build on the listserve before a conference, even if you are not crossing the country to attend! The Policy Library thread puts me in mind of the Open Source "attitude" that seems to characterize the cohousing movement. Putting things like by-laws and policies on our websites testifies to that. Now someone is offering to be even more organized about it. That's great.One question in my mind: could there be an open source attitude about houseblueprints? Maybe there already is. I'm struck when I look at community websites, homes for sale, etc. at how similar in many basic ways ourbuildings (units, common houses) are. One of the things that drives up thecosts of building and therefore the cost of homes is professional fees.Spending a lot of time and energy in the design phase can be fun, but it can also be exhausting and ultimately expensive. We want a mix of low, middle, and higher income people in our communities. But we are often unaffordableto younger families, people working intentionally in meaningful but low-paying jobs, etc. Is sharing blueprints a piece of the solution? (Inwriting this, I worry that I will be offending the wonderful architects whohave essentially created a library of possibilities for cohousing. That's not my intention.)Anyway, perhaps the whole topic of Open Source could be a focus at a futurecohousing gathering. Judith Bush, Cobb Hill, Hartland, VT _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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