|Re: Regenerative Villages & Affordable Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hafidha Sofia (hafidhaaogmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 2 May 2021 17:50:30 -0700 (PDT)|
Thank you for the summary! Sent from my iPhone > On May 2, 2021, at 5:00 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] > cohousing.org> wrote: > > I attended the conference I posted about a few days ago—late notice and I > knew none of the people but I took a chance. It was wonderful. The biggest > takeaway is that in order to build low cost cohousing, we need to think > bigger. Doing it with 30 units is too small to cover all the fixed > construction costs like expert advice, permitting, etc. There are just some > things that don’t get cheaper with size. The other reason is that a larger > project is more likely to be eligible for a wider range of funding. > > The Regenerative Village model is basically cohousing on steroids. Some > people are building off grid but the most exciting projects are large — > village size with a school, shops, permaculture, food growing systems, etc. > Two (at least) speakers detailed the process of developing a plan that can be > presented to investors. How to do it and what to avoid. Very specific > presentation by Franco Capurra who has been financing regenerative villages > for 9 years. He has had several companies that invest in sustainable real > estate with a purpose projects. > > https://www.linkedin.com/in/francocapurro/?originalSubdomain=mx > > He is doing something very interesting now in the US. He finds apartment > buildings, finds investors, purchases and rehabs the buildings with people in > place, and then begins an education plan about village living, > sustainability, etc. What others here have talked about in terms of buying a > small apartment building and turning it into cohousing over time as people > leave. He does all this professional level business and investment plans > paying 5% dividends and money can be withdrawn in 5 years. The only issue he > came up against was the the interested investors were Republicans. He saiid > he finally resolved that for himself by realizing that if you want to > convince the world about the importance of regenerativity, starting with > Republicans is a good place. And you convince Republicans with return on > investment. > > One of the advantages of cohousing is that we have a model that is very > successful and has been duplicated many times. I haven’t heard of any > communities that have failed once they reached construction. We know all the > pieces that work and why. The issue of scale is important but the rest has > been tested. And Capurro himself has now tested a larger model even if he > doesn’t call it cohousing. > > His buildings are also rentals because of legal issues related to certifying > investors. He has worked out a non-profit/business model so the residents > control the building. > > The other talk I found most interesting was by a futurist from Australia, > Tony Hunter, who spoke about Resilient Food! Greenhouses, Vertical Farms, > Automation. Basically space age buildings, relatively tall and large — > geodesic dome looking — in which food is grown all around inside the > building. This brings nature inside to the people instead of people out to > the country to nature. He gave a lot of figures on people moving to cities. > That’s where they want to be and they will move there no matter what — they > will just be miserable unless the housing issues are solved. > > One repeated message was that we need to do more with less. What is the most > efficient way to produce high quality food? Hydroponics. I’ve been reading > about this in other places--guaranteed quality, organic, and uses 3 times > less water. The lobby of one of his buildings grows broccoli and an office > grows hanging plants from planter over head. Trees on balconies up the whole > side of the building clean the air, provide shade, and create restfulness. > > Being dependent on technology makes me uncomfortable but people are > installing back up systems. And unless we can get people to adopt a one child > policy, people are multiplying too fast for any other option than technology. > I wanted to ask if the pandemic had made any dent in population growth but it > is probably too soon to tell. Other authors have suggested that the plagues > in Europe brought great wealth to countries by reducing people who required > food, etc. They regularly balanced the population and resources. > > In looking at low-cost housing, I found that there are tons of ways to build > safe and secure low cost housing but zoning won’t allow it. If you build out > in the country there is no zoning but you have the added costs of running > electricity and water and sewers to the buildings. And even roads. But the > the biggest problem is jobs — there just aren’t a lot of jobs out in the > desert — and commuting makes the advantage of affordable housing mute. > > In the city the only direction, as Alan Ohashi has said, is UP. Tony Hunter > says the same thing and has examples of this being done and avoiding the > sterile office tower feeling of most condo buildings with 30 stories of > offices pretending to be homes. > > And even more exciting, I hope, is that all this gives life to an idea I’ve > been playing with for years but had no idea how to even begin: Buy a building > in the center or near center of the city and put commercial on the first > floor and cohousing upstairs. The Regenerative Village concept looks at the > community as a whole — food supply, energy production, etc. A whole building > allows putting the shops that everyone wants/needs on the first floor — > places to buy milk on Sunday morning, vegetables everyday, and other services > like medical offices, daycare, tech support, hardware store, etc. It would > supply what most residents of city centers are finding missing: plain old > everyday shopping. > > In DC if not other cities there is also a need for safe short-term rentals > for young people or scholars who are here for fellowships, internships, or on > research grants. They need something like a one room micro unit with 3-24 > month leases. The second floor could be made up of these, perhaps with some > larger units for those with children. We have rented to at least 2 of those— > one from Germany with 4 children and one from Spain with a child and a dog. > > The first two floors would thus provide income for the community. Depending > on the size of the building, another floor could be the CH with some > amenities on each floor, like laundry facilities. > > A large project like that would seem to be attractive to investors and would > make it possible to hire the expert help to convince them of the viability of > the project. > > I don’t know if people can join the conference after the fact by paying for > access to the videos but they will all be online. 3 days of one hour videos. > Some were on meditation and personal growth and some were not very good, but > there were enough good ones to be worth $95. And the materials are also > online to download. > > Right now I’m out of brain width. > > Sharon > ——— > Sharon Villines > Affordable Cohousing begins with 30% of your income, not 80% of someone > else's. > http://affordablecohousing.com > affordablecohousing [at] groups.io > To subscribe: affordablecohousing+subscribe [at] groups.io > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > >
Regenerative Villages & Affordable Cohousing Sharon Villines, May 2 2021
- Re: Regenerative Villages & Affordable Cohousing Hafidha Sofia, May 2 2021
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