FIC presents Charles Durrett :: How to Start a New Affordable Cohousing Project Thu Aug 27 @ 4:00 PM Eastern
From: Neil Planchon (
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:31:40 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings everyone.

I hope this finds you and your loved ones staying healthy and safe.

I have some exciting news and an invitation for you. The Foundation for 
Intentional Community (FIC) is hosting Cohousing architect, champion and 
visionary Charles Durrett for a 2-hour Live Workshop on (this) Thursday, August 
27th :: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EASTERN TIME. 

Title: How to Start a New Affordable Cohousing Project 

This workshop will cover:
— What a cohousing is and why it is an excellent community model
— How to clarify your group values and create a management team
— Financial and legal development factors
— Design process and feasibility assessment
— Professional tips and advice from The Cohousing Company

Event and Registration are here

FIC is offering this workshop on a sliding scale donation $5 and up.

I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Neil Planchon

Coho/US. Events team volunteer
Steering Committee. Cohousing Research Network 
Co-Director. Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC)
Co-Developer and Founding Owner. Swan’s Market Cohousing

Who is Charles Durrett?

Charles Durrett, with Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to 
the United States with the seminal book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to 
Housing Ourselves. The latest edition is Creating Cohousing, Building 
Sustainable Communities. He has written several other books on cohousing, 
including Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living—The 

Durrett and his team at Durrett Architects have designed more than 50 cohousing 
communities in the United States and around the world, including Muir Commons 
in Davis, California, the first cohousing community in North America. His work 
has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, 
The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Architecture, The Wall Street 
Journal, The Economist, and many other publications.

Charles Durrett has received numerous awards, which include the World Habitat 
Award presented by the United Nations, the Silver Achievement Award for Active 
Adult Community by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 50+ Housing 
Council, the Silver Energy Value Housing Award by NAHB, the Mixed Use/Mixed 
Income Development Award presented jointly by the American Institute of 
Architects and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development 
and a recipient of the Global Over 50’s Housing/Healthcare award. He was also 
recently declared as a “visionary of the Sierras” by the Sierra Business 

Durrett regularly gives presentations on cohousing to interested citizen 
groups. He has spoken before the United States Congress twice, has been 
featured on the Commonwealth Club, and has lectured at scores of universities. 
He lives in Nevada City, California, where he primarily designs model 
communities and comfortable homes, including the 34-home cohousing community in 
which he lives. 

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