Cohousing is a concept that came to North America from Denmark where it emerged about 30 years ago. It describes neighbourhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. It is also a way of housing ourselves in an environment that supports social interaction and sustainability. Cohousing has the following key characteristics:
2) Physical design that encourages a sense of community, provides opportunities for spontaneous connection, as well as maintains the option of privacy;
3) Non-hierarchical structure and decision making;
4) Private ownership of complete, self-contained homes centred around shared facilities.
Cohousing communities typically range from 12 to 35 homes, often with a multi-generational mix of singles, couples, families with children and elders.
Here are some links to more info about cohousing.
Books we like:
Creating Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett
The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community by Chris ScottHanson and Kelly ScottHanson
Cohousing Cultures: Handbook for Self-Organized, Community-Oriented and Sustainable Housing by Jovis