Re: Church Conversion Retrofit Cohousing Panel for National Conference in NC
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:47:14 -0800 (PST)
True in its way, but … As the founders cycle away (and they all will), and 
newcomers rotate in, what the newcomers are buying, at that point, is not the 
architectural vision, but rather an established social dynamic … which, as you 
correctly point out, they will soon start to influence (we hope).  But the 
shared experience of designing and developing a project forges a day one social 
dynamic that cannot be readily simulated by strangers moving in among strangers 
and saying “Hi, how do YOU think we should do cohousing?”


PS: I used to do residential design and construction, mostly for married 
couples, and either they decided that designing one’s own home was one of the 
great adventures of their lives, or they got divorced.

Arizona weather can’t be beat.

> On Nov 12, 2014, at 1:24 PM, Mary Ann Clark <drmaryann49 [at]> wrote:
> Mary Ann here:
> But isn't it true that everyone who joins the community after the founders 
> has to live with someone else's vision of what the community will be like?
> Isn't also true that every new member changes the dynamics of the community, 
> so even the vision of the founders isn't stable?
> Mary Ann, Manzanita Village where we're enjoying warm days and cool night -- 
> sorry those of you in the mid-west and further east.

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