Re: Policy Library
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 15:10:41 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all!

Architectural drawings are considered in the same category as art, books, records, etc. They are copy protected works.

You would need the permission of the architect to use his/her drawings. I'm sure the architect would be delighted to have his/her work used again for a royalty fee. And I'm sure this would be somewhat less than starting from scratch. You can buy DIY plans in this manner over the internet so I'm sure you can work out a deal w/ an architect to reuse his/her concept. So if you see someone's work you like -- write and ask!


Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
703 663 3911

On May 3, 2010, at 5:53 PM, lcamundsen [at] wrote:

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]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
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
blueprints? Maybe there already is. I'm struck when I look at community
websites, homes for sale, etc. at how similar in many basic ways our
buildings (units, common houses) are. One of the things that drives up
costs 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
also be exhausting and ultimately expensive.  We want a mix of low,
and higher income people in our communities.  But we are often
to younger families, people working intentionally in meaningful but
low-paying jobs, etc. Is sharing blueprints a piece of the solution? (In writing this, I worry that I will be offending the wonderful architects
have 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
cohousing gathering.
Judith Bush, Cobb Hill, Hartland, VT

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