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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (March 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412049946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412049948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Graham Meltzer is said to be the world's leading expert on cohousing. He is an architect, scholar and architectural photographer who consults, researches and lectures in the fields: environmental and social architecture, communal housing and communalism. He has co-authored one other book, presented at numerous conferences and published in international architectural and sociological journals.

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Graham Meltzer has spent much of his adult life living in intentional communities around the world - kibbutz in Israel (3 years), a hippie commune in Australia (8 years) and, for the last 10 years, in the famous Findhorn spiritual community and ecovillage. Along the way he conducted extensive research into cohousing in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan. Graham is a long-standing board member of the International Communal Studies Association. In a past life he practised and taught architecture. Nowadays, he organises conferences for the Findhorn Foundation and authors a blog about community life in Findhorn (https://findhornblog.wordpress.com/)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rachael K. Williams on April 21, 2008
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This book was a great help to me as I search for varied information about cohousing. Although it is written from the perspective of a researcher, it has exstensive interviews with people from various cohousing communities around the world. The text features case studies of cohousing in the us, canada, new zealand, australia, and japan. the author also reports on interest in cohousing in korea and south africa.

unlike the most widely read books on cohousing, by mccamnt and durrett, this book is written from a far more international, progressive, and radical worldview. i am in the process of starting the feasibility phase for an affordable (i.e. low-income) cohousing community in Buffalo, NY and it is refreshing to see that cohousing is not just a hippie-bougie phenomena. in fact, meltzer contradicts the widely held belief that cohousing has clear-cut origins w/ the middle class in denmark, and offers evidence and comparisons of the cohousing that developed in the netherlands and sweden at or before the cohousing in denmark- with varying results, based in part on their more grassroots, working class, or feminist origins.

At the very least, this book offers all of the people considering or in the process of building a cohousing community, a new perspective, a wide range of ideas for design, environmental considerations, social considerations and composition, cocare practices in other communities, as well as economic factors, challenges, and solutions that have been achieved in places like berkeley cohousing, cohousing cooperative in New Zealand, and quayside village- just to name a few.
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