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LATEST ARTICLES

Living Large in a Small Home, Ecovillage-Style

As the American economy recovers, the average new home size has reached an all-time high of 2,300 square feet. This is part of a cultural shift where many Americans are shying away from children sharing bedrooms, and bathrooms are becoming more plentiful and sophisticated. Homes have more than doubled in size since the 1950s, meanwhile… Read More

We have a new Executive Director!

I am thrilled to announce that board member Alice Alexander has agree to serve the Cohousing Association of the US as our new Executive Director. In addition to being a co-founder of the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community in Durham North Carolina, Alice has a tremendous amount of experience working within, and managing non-profit organizations…. Read More

Talking about wifi

I asked Daniel if we could post this here because it’s about a great deal more than wifi. -cat The best advice I can give around wifi is to be careful about how you talk to one another about it – treat those with differing experiences or thoughts respectfully while having the discussion. Our community… Read More

Composting Toilets

I happen to be writing an article this month about my experience with designing a composting toilet facility for a nature preserve in southern Kentucky. So let me take a few minutes to summarize (sorry – it is long): Toilet systems that use water to carry the waste product away have recently come under scrutiny… Read More

Creative housing for Seniors – Kiplinger article

Check out the article by Jane Bennett Clark on Kiplinger!

New website: Cohousing – Designing the Urban Village

By Beyhan Cagri Trock http://www.cohousing.webs.comThis site is intended for architects and architecture students who are interested in exploring the co-housing model specifically in urban settings. It is based on work done by students in a studio design course taught at the University of Maryland School of Architecture in 2009. Though still in progress, I wanted… Read More

Converting a Trailer Park to Cohousing?

I want to buy a trailer park and convert it to a cohousing community. I will wait till you are done laughing. OK, here is the rationale behind this seemingly idiotic idea. My family joined Camelot Cohousing sort of half way through the process. We joined in 2007. Camelot got built in 2008, and we… Read More

“In My Community”

By Laura Fitch My neighbor Nick April won first place for his Junior class’s declamation competition. His speech is titled “In My Community”. It made me proud of him and our community.http://youtu.be/lFF2Fl_u1qg Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED BD+CKraus-Fitch Architects, Inc.

Creating Rituals – Welcoming New Members

In a recent post I talked about the aprons we use as part of our welcoming ceremony for new members. And I haven’t put it into the context of our overall welcoming ceremony. As with our community, our welcoming ceremony is informal and homey. And it still has a little structure. The idea was to… Read More

Musings: Establishing a Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle for an Aging Generation

Last year Americans drove 5 billion miles caring for seniors in their homes (Meals on Wheels, Whistle Stop Nurses, and so on). In our small, semi-rural county in the Sierra foothills, Telecare made 60,000 trips in massive, lumbering, polluting vans-buses – usually carrying only one senior at a time – schlepping a couple thousand seniors… Read More

A Family Story and a Blessing Way

Raising a Family in Cohousing, Part 1 Cohousing is often touted as ideal for families. As a mom in a developing community, I thought it would be good to capture how cohousing shapes our family and how family shapes this community. Let’s begin at the beginning. My name is Tiffany and I moved to Portland,… Read More

Establishing Community Rituals

by Terri Huggett Part of the joy and struggle of creating a new community is creating the threads that hold us together. In our society and in our workplace, we often take for granted the structures and rituals that help us identify with each other. Many entrepreneurs have experienced the process of building a business… Read More