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LATEST ARTICLES

Curiosity-Based Questions

All of us have experienced meetings that bog down, get derailed, or run aground. Sometimes it’s pretty dramatic, and sometimes it’s just a more extreme version of business as usual; but regardless, it is demoralizing and generally makes it hard to accomplish the work you intended to do. This can happen for many reasons, and… Read More

WebChat #24 Cohousing Design

Chuck Durrett, who along with Katie McCamant, brought cohousing to the US, joined us for a WebChat on cohousing design and the process he uses to design a community. The theme of the evening was “If it doesn’t work socially, why bother?” Chuck began by sharing his earliest awareness of cohousing, as a young architect… Read More

Leaving Cohousing and Remaining Committed to Community

In the span of about 6 months, I will leave two precious cohousing communities. I ask myself how this can be as I’m more committed than ever to community living and building my life around it. It turns out, it’s complicated. Often the burning souls of community move into cohousing and stay forever. There are… Read More

Common Meals in Cohousing Communities

An Experienced Cohouser Reports From Common House Kitchens and Dining Rooms across North America This article appeared originally in the print magazine Cohousing in the Winter of 2001 It is followed by excerpts from a short piece published on this website in 2008, and by an Update posted in February, 2014 Twenty-seven and counting. That’s… Read More

Top 10 Benefits of Early Participation in Cohousing

There are certainly many substantive benefits of being an early investor and committed burning soul in the cohousing formative stages. The most important of these are having a strong Influence in the 1. decision making 2. site selection 3. design decisions 4. project budget 6. priority of choice in selecting a lot, site or unit… Read More

Durham Coho Wins 2014 Golden Leaf Award

Durham Coho is proud to have been selected to receive a 2014 Golden Leaf Award, thanks to a nomination from our architects Ellen Weinstein and Ken Friedlein. http://www.wfarchitecture.com/ This is a big win, given we were in the toughest category of “large development,” with 7 submittals from such entities as Duke University and the Durham… Read More

Sharing Risk

Cohousing begins with the premise that we want to share things. We think first of big, tangible things, like lawn mowers and guest rooms. Then there are smaller things, the proverbial cup of sugar, a ride to the airport. We anticipate and cherish this sharing as part of our identity as a cohousing community. We… Read More

The BIG Project

I live in Trillium Hollow Cohousing Neighborhood, and just recently completed serving as project manager for a major construction defect remediation. Preparing for my “Managing the BIG PROJECT” presentation at the National CoHo conference, I talked with several other communities who have faced construction issues to gather lessons learned and cautionary tales. I found that… Read More

WebChat Preview of National Cohousing Open House Day:Thursday evening

National Cohousing Open House Day is just a few days away. Get a taste of it by joining me in a WebChat this Thursday evening, where we will share some of the most exciting examples of communities hosting, tips on effective hosting, how to visit well, and so much more. If you missed the WebChat,… Read More

WebChat #21 Addressing Racism and Working for Racial Equality

Joe Cole joined us this evening for a thought-provoking presentation on Addressing Racism and Working for Racial Equality in Community Building. Joe started with a long view of history, noting that the competitive culture of domination is recent, only 5000 years. Prior to that human cultures were collaborative, demonstrating that a cultural values of sustainability,… Read More

WebChat #20 New Member Orientation

Sarah Ross and Mary King of We Can Work It Out joined us for our twentieth webchat sharing tips and strategies of new member orientation in forming and established communities. They explained that new member orientation has 4 primary objectives: • To welcome new members • To protect, preserve and pass on community culture •… Read More

WebChat #19 Cluster Apartments and Shared Flats in Cohousing

Coho US has gone international with this interesting WebChat about cohousing in Berlin, Germany. Michael LaFond, and architect raising in the US who lives and works in Germany, shared his experience of both living and working in cohousing in Berlin. Like all cohousing, these communities are self organized, community led, and sustainable. Unlike the most… Read More