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.