Re: "Neighborhood" Cohousing or "Retrofit" Cohousing
From: Kathryn McCamant (kmccamantcohousingpartners.com)
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:35:19 -0800 (PST)
PS - There is always some construction in retrofit communities...even if
it just begins with tearing down fences and building an outside shared BBQ
area, and then building or renovating a common house.

Katie 

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On 12/13/13 10:33 AM, "Kathryn McCamant" <kmccamant [at] cohousingpartners.com>
wrote:

>What can I say..... I still like "retrofit cohousing" to describe N
>Street 
>like communities... Maybe as an architect I understand that term in a
>different way...but I think it describes it as well as any term (and that
>most terms when heard for the first time need to be defined for
>people--something like "retrofit cohousing which remakes an existing
>neighborhood to encourage greater sharing and collaboration"), and also
>distinquishes it as something different than newly built cohousing
>neighborhood --- but they are all cohousing neighborhoods.
>
>Retrofit Cohousing is a great model for improving American's existing
>neighborhoods... I love how they have inspired and integrated into their
>larger neighborhoods, (I worked with the two Temescal Communities in
>Oakland) and N Street continues to provide inspiration for new
>communities 
>looking to this model.
>
>Katie 
>
>-- 
>Kathryn McCamant, President, Architect
>CoHousing Partners, LLC
>241 Commercial Street
>Nevada City, CA 95959
>T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755
>www.cohousingpartners.com
>
>
>
>
>
>On 12/13/13 10:02 AM, "Diana Carroll" <dianaecarroll [at] gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>The term retrofit implies to me there will be construction as part of the
>>project...like taking an existing apartment building, hotel or other
>>large
>>building and re-doing the interior to make it cohousing.  That's quite
>>different than folks simply buying up properties on the same block.
>>
>>If one of the properties were bought as the common house, and
>>construction
>>work was done to make that a common house, THAT would be retrofit.  But,
>>as
>>a renovation contractor, don't you think as far as the houses go, if
>>there's no renovation, then the term retrofit doesn't apply?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM, Jerry McIntire
>><jerry.mcintire [at] gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> I have always found Retrofit Cohousing to be a clear description of
>>>placing
>>> a cohousing community in existing housing (since I first visited On
>>>Going
>>> Concern in its early days in Portland, Oregon). But then, I was a
>>> renovation contractor. Somewhere there is a connection...
>>>
>>> Jerry McIntire
>>> stonesthrowecovillage.wordpress.com
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