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LATEST ARTICLES

Common House Design Patterns

One way to think about the design of a common house is to consider design patterns as Grace Kim does in a series of blog posts on the Schemata Workshop blog.  Her description of the series is below:  This series of blog posts is focused on explaining common design patterns in cohousing. Grace Kim, a… Read More

Glossary of Cohousing Terms

Affordable housing: As with any kind of housing development, affordability will vary considerably based on location, design, site requirements, common amenities, and availability of public or private subsidies. Many cohousing communities actively seek ways to make more of their units affordable. Some states or municipalities require developers of multi-family housing, including cohousing developments, to have… Read More

WebChat 29 Laird Schaub on Delegate or Die

Laird Schaub joined us to share his experience and wisdom of how much to delegate and how to do it well.  See below for a summary. View the full WebChat here.     Plenary Worthy Whole group or plenary meetings are expensive, with many people committing precious time to be at the meeting. Many groups haven’t… Read More

WebChat #28 Raines and Betsy

WebChat #28 with Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris covered the topics of buying and selling homes in cohousing.  They looked at what you need to know, or find out, how to connect buyers with communities, and what questions both buyers and sellers should be asking each other.  How is buying and selling cohousing different than… Read More

WebChat #27: Shelly Parks on Great Marketing Events

Last week Shelly Parks presented an informative WebChat on hosting great marketing events.  As a key moment when new members are likely to engage with your forming community, it is essential to pay attention to the details and do these events well.  Shelly walks us through the elements of a great marketing event, from venue… Read More

How Communities Can Better Address Racism and Racial Equity

At the end of May, I facilitated a half-day intensive on Racism and Racial Equity in Portland at the National Cohousing Conference. While cohousing communities are overwhelmingly white, I see more and more people in the communities movement recognizing the need to address racism. In our conference session, we discussed the history of racism in… Read More

WebChat #26 Alan O’Hashi on Introverts

Introverts and extroverts approach community differently.  Our mainstream competitive culture tends to favor extroverts. Perhaps this is why introverts disproportionately choose cohousing – with some measures suggesting that there are nearly twice as many introverts in cohousing as in the general population. Working as a community to adopt practices that work well for introverts will… Read More

Jenny Bevacqua – Portland, OR

I’m a mother, activist, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon. I live in a forested cohousing community with my partner, 2 sons and our elderly dog. We choose cohousing because it aligns with our values as well as desires for community. Our individualistic culture seems to be damaging our society, via isolation and disconnection…. Read More

Lindy Sexton – Grass Valley, CA

Lindy is a millennial and grew up within a tight-knit community in Minnesota. She is an outreach and business management consultant and enjoys working on community-driven initiatives and environmental causes. Through her work Lindy has had the opportunity to meet hundreds of people who were interested in creating cohousing communities across the globe. Lindy believes… Read More

Raising kids in cohousing

For most of my daughter’s life she has known about cohousing. We moved in when she was 9. But we had been planning it since she was 3. During construction she asked me almost daily whether she was going to (fill in the blank) or tell me what she was going to do when we… Read More

Co-living: A Growing Trend in Affordable Housing

By Trudy Hussmann As a student or young adult, did you ever live in a dorm or shared house to save on costs? Now called co-living, this form of housing is becoming more popular again. And it’s not just because it’s an affordable option, but also because it offers community — a feeling of belonging… Read More

From suburbs to cohousing: How this developer-turned academic decided to deepen their experience in community

Like many people of my age, I grew up in a context that was not particularly community oriented. Living in a flat on the periphery of the suburbs between single family homes and retail outlets, in housing that would be best described as a buffer left much to be desired. I had glimpses of community… Read More