Hands-On Participatory Site Design (Mary Kraus)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Mary Kraus

Intensive Description

This intensive will give you a hands-on experience of the participatory site design process typically used to create cohousing. Participants will work together to create a cohousing site design, using to-scale wooden blocks on a base site plan. We will provide both urban and rural site examples, and participants can bring base drawings of their own sites (scale should be 1"= 20' if possible). The workshop will begin with a slide presentation on cohousing site design features, including examples from many communities. A question and answer session will follow, exploring both design criteria and how the experience of living in cohousing can be supported by a thoughtful site layout. We will then break into teams to collaborate on site design solutions. Each group will present its site plans. We will evaluate the designs together, and discuss what makes for a successful cohousing site design.

About the Presenter

Mary Kraus is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Laura Fitch, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. She has served on the boards of the Cohousing Network and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Mary lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community completed in the eastern US (in 1994) – lending daily personal insight to her work with cohousing groups.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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