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A man's home is his castle. But demographic and economic changes haveturned our castles into islands. How can we regain the elements of the traditional village – family, cooperation, community and a sense of belonging – within the context of 21st century life?

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities is an in-depth exploration of a uniquely rewarding type of housing which is perfect for anyone who values their independence but longs for more connection with those around them. Written by the award-winning team that wrote the original "cohousing bible" and first brought cohousing to North America, this fully-illustrated manual combines nuts-and-bolts practical considerations and design ideas with extensive case studies of dozens of diverse communities in Europe and North America.

Cohousing communities create unique opportunities for designing more sustainable lifestyles. Whether urban, suburban or rural; senior or intergenerational; retrofit or new, the authors show how the physical structures of cohousing communities lend themselves to a more efficient use of resources, and make everything from gardening to childcare to socializing easier.

Creating Cohousing puts the "neighbor" back into "neighborhood"; and is an essential resource for anyone interested in more environmentally and socially sustainable living.

About the Author

Charles Durrett and his wife Kathryn McCamant are award-winning architects who introduced the concept of cohousing to the US. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. Charles wrote The Senior Cohousing Handbook and, together with Kathryn McCamant, has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States and consulted on many more around the world.

Kathryn McCamant, and her husband Charles Durrett co-authored Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves and founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company. They coined the term "cohousing" for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Kathryn has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities and founded Cohousing Partners in 2006 with developer Jim Leach.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The new book by Katie McCamant & Chuck Durrett is a must-have book for anyone interested in cohousing or sustainable communities. Richly illustrated and well-written, it provides a wealth of information. A big thank you to Katie and Chuck for updating their classic book!
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This book was written by one of the giants in the cohousing field, Chuck Durrett, an architect who early on brought cohousing to the States from Denmark. His book is full of wonderful case studies and examples -- and I wished for a few examples of work by other skilled architects. The book is full of experiential wisdom; he's been there, lived cohousing as well as sold it, and knows whereof he speaks. Why I didn't give it a five-star rating: because I wanted some more practical information on costs, legal structures and issues, and so on. Perhaps that would have been more specific and limited in its application that he wished, and I'd certainly agree with that. Bottom line: if you think you might want to pursue cohousing, this book is an absolute must-read.
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Starting my own cohousing community in Bloomington Indiana called Bloomington Cohousing, see: Bloomingtoncohousing.org
This book is invaluable if you are interested in cohousing or starting a community. It's is truly "The Bible".
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Not just the greying of America, but simply being able to more with less, with housing as well as everything associated with the coming baby boom makes the co housing concept a win-win The author offers a broad review of the alternatives and provides good seeds for the future thinkers. A must read for wanna be cohousing developers.
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Very interesting read if you have just started your research into co-housing. Talks of the origin and concepts behind the movement.
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