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Sustainable Community: Learning from the Cohousing Model Paperback – March 23, 2005
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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.Read more ›