Tag: International


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

Elephant Journal Talks Community and Cohousing with Steven and Bryan

The U.S. Cohousing Association is a national organization but strives to acknowledge relevant happenings in the wider world related to cohousing. Last week, Elephant Journal, a grassroots news organization with a focus on mindful living, interviewed Steven Ablondi and Bryan Bowen about their work with Memel.Global based in South Africa. Of course, cohousing principles radiated... Read More

Fertile Soils for Cohousing in Africa

A few days ago, to my amusement, I learned that cohousing shares a lot of principles with many African cultures. This happened over (way too many) drinks with a filmmaker called Alan O’Hashi following a dinner party at a cohousing community in the small town of Memel, amidst the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. In... Read More

Global Compassion: Cohousing is Part of the Movement

I’m back from Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire – a week long intentional community of 300 – where I took a workshop on “global compassion.” I’m personally motivated to help create a society of caring, that puts compassion into action, that can reach across the globe to reduce human suffering, address food... Read More

Retire in the Sun For Less Money and Still Enjoy CoHousing

So you are thinking about retirement. Or may already be retired. You know that in this next phase of your life you would like to have a new adventure– new experiences, new culture, new environment, new lifestyle, new climate and maybe a new language. But not so different that you are no longer connected to... Read More

Opening the Door to Cohousing in China

Many of you may remember the story of Gou (Joy) Chuangjing and her five colleagues from China who attended the 2015 National Cohousing Conference. In June last year, I shared correspondence from her, thanking all of us for a great conference experience (below). Thanks to Megan Shea from Berkeley, California, we have an update on... Read More

Cohousing! What is it??? The process of defining Cohousing

Like all of you, I am regularly confronted with “Cohousing, what’s that?” Despite my architectural background, I am very slow to bring up anything along the lines of the development program or design features. I describe it as a social contract for a lifestyle and a culture. Informally and shorthand, I say that we agree... Read More

Coming from France: Attracted by Cohousing in US

I had the incredible opportunity to participate to the National Cohousing Conference last week in Durham. This kind of event really helps you to understand how big the movement now is that Katie and Chuck started in the 80’s. Like me coming from France, people from all around the world have been attracted by the... Read More

Rancho La Salud, Ajijic, Mexico Co-housing

From the website ( www.ranchosaludvillage.com ): “Our goals include building residences that are beautiful, comfortable, resource efficient and sustainable. Our site design will have extensive common facilities surrounded by a lush landscape and connected by handsome walkways. But we plan to take it two steps further – by creating a true sense of community, and... Read More

Musings: The Social Side of Cohousing

People often ask me what I consider to be the biggest difference between American cohousing and Danish cohousing. As an architect, I think people are usually asking about architectural features. But there’s more to it than that. When I show Danish visitors American exercise rooms, they always wonder what the stationary bikes are. “You mean... Read More