As noted in our social media and the recent video blog posts, I attended the National Cohousing Conference in Portland in early June. It was a great success thanks to CohoUS. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a brief summary of the event’s activities and attractions, in no particular order –
We loved hearing from renters and professionals, passionate about cohousing, during the course of CohoCon. We also loved learning about the different experiences each person brought to their communities. Since people often think of cohousing as the purview of homeowners, we valued speaking to Rachel, a young renter who lives with the Vancouver Cohousing community and hearing her perspective.
In this video, we spoke to Jim S., a resident of PDX Commons, an adult cohousing community comprised of about 40 residents between the ages of mid-50s to late-70s. We asked Jim: What’s been one of his favorite surprises about living in a cohousing community?
We interviewed Mary Kraus, architect and participatory design consultant, who has worked with cohousing groups across the country to facilitate inclusive, thoughtful, community-driven design of communities, led by the residents.
If you’ve already seen the powerful TED Talk by architect and cohousing resident Grace Kim and you’re looking for additional video resources, here are three more videos from TEDx Talks, independently organized TED-format events, that explore various aspects of cohousing and the ways in which it can be a boon to people of all ages.
Cohousing communities are intentionally resident-led, and in each phase, the resident group’s participation is essential. At the same time, working with knowledgeable experts to guide the process and bring in their understanding of the necessary steps will drive the process forward.
With that in mind, we want to share three insights from architects working on cohousing projects.
Each cohousing community is unique, serving communities based on shared interests, shared circumstances, or shared experiences. In particular, the changing demographics in developed countries including the U.S. has led to a strong contingency of senior cohousing communities.
In a recent article in Fast Company, entitled “The future of housing looks nothing like today’s,” the author explores American’s notion of what housing should and could look like.
Whether it’s more homes built for inter-generational families or communities like cohousing that help to build closer ties between residents, the future of housing will consist of community-centric spaces.
Across the U.S., there are now more than 160 cohousing communities and more on the way, according to the Cohousing Association of America. No matter what stage of the exploration process you’re in, it’s important to connect with others who can guide you through the process.
Here are some of the resources you MUST have on your list.
For people of all ages, cohousing presents benefits and value beyond just shared spaces. In the last year, we’ve been seeing several in-depth articles that explore the benefits of cohousing for people of different demographics. While their goals may be different, the ways in which cohousing has benefited them is similar. Here are three articles that resonated with us.
With common areas in which to play and friendly access to neighbors’ backyards, cohousing is a great fit for families with children of all ages. Here are two video news reports from two different communities that share some of the advantages that families who live in cohousing receive.
[T]he new survey looked at the relationship between loneliness of midlife and older adults and their connections to neighbors. Sixty-one percent of those who have never spoken to a neighbor are lonely, compared with 33 percent of those who have spoken to a neighbor.
We love seeing cohousing community members sharing their stories and experiences, in their own words. In these three videos, we see three very different communities and the residents who make them vibrant, unique places to live.
Recently, the Lakeville Journal, a local Connecticut paper featured an op-ed by our own Lynn Gaffney on what has inspired her to take a deep dive into the world of cohousing and why it’s a powerful way for residents to truly have an impact on their communities—and the world at large.