From Past to Future: How A Communal Housing Experience Inspires A new Cohousing Idea — LESSONS FROM #COHOCON2019

The recent CohoCon (National Cohousing Conference) brought together cohousing residents, architects, builders, and consultants to talk about the present and future states of the industry. We were so inspired by all of the different people we met throughout the event, that we wanted to bring back some of their insights. Over the next few weeks, look out for videos from the conference both here and on our social media pages. 

In this video, we spoke to Hazami Sayed, a future cohousing resident, whose past communal housing experience inspired her interest in creating a cohousing community for multigenerational women. She shares her story with us about what drew her to form a cohousing community and the blueprint she has in mind. 


The following is a transcript of our interview with Hazami, lightly edited for clarity.

My name is Hazami. I live in Philadelphia and I'm attending this conference and immersing myself in cohousing issues from all aspects of it. I'm really interested in the concept. It's something I experienced a form of it when I was in undergrad year. 

For my senior year as an undergrad at Stanford University, I lived in a cooperative house where we cook, cleaned and planned activities and lived there. Twenty-five of us were residents in the house and 25 other graduate students were eating associates, and it was really a great communal experience that I had that still resonates with me. 

And now I'd like to think about how I could potentially create and live in a communal living in the city, urban context and depth thinking for women in particular. Multi-generational for women at various stages in their lives. And this, I think a way that would be fulfilling for all of us and also allow each of us to have our own private space, private dwelling space, but also a lot of communal space to share and support each other.


For more cohousing stories, click here to read insights from other experienced residents and how cohousing benefits their lives.