announcement - design cds
From: Laura Fitch, A.I.A. (
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 13:32:05 -0700 (MST)
We would like to announce the upcoming availability of power point presentations / slide shows on the following topics. These shows are packed with artfully arranged images from cohousing communities across the country, as well as informational text and design tips. They are suitable for viewing by individuals or small groups around a lap top, or projection to a larger group. Parts 1 and 2 will be available within a few weeks, the others will follow shortly.

Part 1:  What is Cohousing?
This presentation is designed to help you market the idea of cohousing to perspective new members. It shows the people side of cohousing and what it is like to live in community.

Part 2:  Cohousing Site Design
This presentation includes a walk through all the important site design features (from parking to quiet meditative spots), as well as a tour of a dozen or so built communities.

Part 3:  Common House Design
This slide show takes you room by room through a common house, illustrated with solutions to all the issues from cohousing communities across the country. It is packed with information about great rooms and kitchens, as well as laundries and mail rooms.

Part 4:  Cohousing Unit Design
This presentation looks first at the exterior massing of units and how they are connected or not to each other and the greater community. Then it moves into the private home. It looks at important issues such as wheelchair accessibility, open floor plans, and natural lighting.

Part 5:  Affordability, Sustainable Design, and Product Selection:
This slide show will help you balance your many goals when it comes to actually picking products with which to build your community.

Please contact us now if you are interested in hearing more about these slide shows. We intend to make them available through the cohousing network store in the near future.

Thank you,
Laura Fitch, resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing and cohousing architect

Laura Fitch, A.I.A.
Principal Architect

110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
413-549-7918 (fax)

lfitch [at]

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