|Re: Questions on setting up a Design Team||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ted Chesky (teddesign-hub.com)|
|Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 09:10:07 -0700 (MST)|
Hi Debbie, This is a description Great Oak Cohousing in Ann Arbor MI put together 2 years ago when we formed our Design committee. Hope it's helpful, Ted Chesky Design Committee Proposal What They Will Do This committee will serve as the conduit for communicating design issues within the community, and between the community and developers. The committee will also track design decisions and monitor their execution. How We Will Form It and Who Will Be On It The membership of Design will be those who volunteer to serve. If a large number of people want to serve on Design, they may choose to form subgroups around interest areas (alternative energy, pool, etc). No fixed terms have yet been established for committee members. It is important that there be continuity in the design committee so that its institutional memory is retained and we maintain a smooth working relationship with the development team. Although the Management Agreement suggests that the Design Committee will evolve into the Construction Committee, we may opt to organize Construction differently, since that committee could require very different skills and will by necessity have greater decision-making authority. Job Description * Review and research design issues identified by the developers or community members. * Analyze and present the pros and cons of given ideas so that the community can make informed decisions efficiently. * Help the community organize and prioritize design decisions. * Review project drawings and specifications provided by the development team and convey their recommendations on design/construction issues to the community. * Keep detailed log of design decisions (e.g., we want bike sheds) and make sure that these decisions remain in the designs as development continues. * As planning progresses, representatives may be designated by the committee to handle design/construction issues related to specific buildings or unit types. * The design committee is not a decision-making body. Ideas originating within the design committee will be researched and presented to the community for review and approval in the same manner as other ideas. * Execute the will of the group by communicating its decisions to the Developers via the Steering Committee. Our Expectations for Behavior The most important piece is that when you serve on this committee, you are a servant of the group, working to accurately communicate its desires to the architects and developers, with an attitude of being helpful, open, and unbiased. Pros and Cons Cons Could appear to be a center of power (in a negative sense), particularly if community feels its decisions are ignored or distorted in transmission to developers. Members of the committee will likely be those who are most interested and knowledgeable about design issues. They may have a lot of design ideas of their own. Members of this group will have a close working relationship with the developers and must be careful to focus on executing the desires of the group rather than promoting any personal agenda. Situations may arise where the will of the group regarding a certain topic is uncertain. Members must take great care that their biases not lead them to assume a degree of certainty that is not in fact present. By doing so the committee could, in effect, end up making decisions that are not properly theirs to make. Again, the Design committee is not a decision-making body. The Committee should not become so focused on the agenda of the group that they become insensitive to the needs of the development group and/or the constraints under which they work. Pros Committee will serve as the group's 'institutional memory,' ensuring that decisions are not accidentally lost in the shuffle or distorted in some way. Members can evaluate and organize information about their specific interests/expertise (e.g. solar power) and bring it to the attention of the full community. Committee can make community design decisions more efficient by filtering out ideas that are impractical due to cost, building codes or other reasons. Developers will be able to consult with a single person or small group regarding the community's wishes and can thus obtain quicker feedback. -- Ted Chesky Chief Pilot and Creative Director DesignHub ted [at] design-hub.com 734.944.8705 734.944.8735 fax 135 East Bennett, Suite 12 Saline, MI 48176 www.design-hub.com _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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