Adding Affordabilities, Classism in Community, Auxiliary Rental Units, and working affordably with Professionals at Cohousing Affordability
From: Laurie Lauer (
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 08:36:22 -0700 (PDT)
Here are some more of the sessions being offered on October 23 during the 
Cohousing Affordability online event.

Register Today! For more information and to register go to 

Session 3
Adding Affordabilities – case studies in affordable cohousing with Charles 
For this session, cohousing Architect Charles Durrett, will dive into several 
of his past projects including those in Vancouver, Eugene, Anchorage and some 
of the 18 others outlined in detail in his new book, Community-Enhanced Design: 
Cohousing and Other High Functioning Neighborhoods. Creating a viable and 
affordable cohousing neighborhood encompasses many factors such as education 
and awareness, development and process, finance and legal to affordable 
materials, constructability and sustainable energy. Charles will be pulling the 
key information from these case studies to summarize the ways in which 
designing a neighborhood can be a clear and predictable process.
Including Auxiliary Rental Units in Cohousing – Nyland’s experience with Robert 
One possible approach to improving the affordability of cohousing is to include 
auxiliary rental units as part of the homes. Nyland – located just east of 
Boulder, Co – has nearly 30 yrs experience with this. The session will share a 
Nyland founder’s experience, its impact on affordability, and suggestions for 
newly forming communities, based on this experience.
Recognizing and Responding to Classism in Communities with Matt Stannard
Material inequality is a primordial source of oppression. Classism is a set of 
behaviors, attitudes, and cultural characteristics that normalize material 
inequality. Classism undermines efforts to build successful intentional 
communities, cohousing communities, and cooperative organizations. This program 
will do the following: 1. Frame socioeconomic insecurity as a source of social 
differentiation and personal trauma. 2. Utilize anecdotes from intentional 
community experiences to illustrate unintentional and intentional classism; 
provide important metrics, statistics, and empirical data on socioeconomic 
insecurity and class. 3. Discuss why some attempted solutions to classism fail 
and what effective responses to classism do.
Working affordably with Professionals and the Built Environment with Kristen 
Uitto & Stephen Eckert
This presentation will focus on ways to work effectively with design 
professionals to avoid added cost. It will also identify ways to affordably 
design units from a space planning aspect to the selection of materials. We 
will also touch on partnerships that can help build in affordability. Finally 
it will ask the question, what elements of the process are anti-affordable? 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Laurie Lauer
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